Callum Macrae, the Director of ‘No Fire Zone’, a documentary that exposed war crimes largely committed by Sri Lankan armed forces during the final months of the war, has called for a demonstration in defence of in defence of Malaysian human rights activist Lena Hendry, who has been found guilty for screening the documentary allegedly without the permission of the Malaysian authorities.
The demonstration urging the Malaysian government to drop all charges against Lena and respect freedom of speech has been organised on Thursday (March 09) evening opposite the Malaysian High Commission at Belgrave Square in Central London.
Lena’s arrest and persecution, human rights activists say, have been a direct result of pressure from government of Sri Lanka officials seeking to suppress the film. She will be sentenced on March 22, and faces three years in jail and/or a maximum fine of 30,000 Malaysian Ringgit (£5400/$6700).
“We are calling on the Malaysian authorities to immediately drop the charges against her and overturn the conviction,” the Film Director told Ceylon News on Tuesday.