Human rights worker in Malaysia to appear in court tomorrow for screening the film “No Fire Zone”

September 18, 2013

On July 3, 2013, Komas program officer Ms Lena Hendry, Executive Director Mr Arul Prakkash and one of the Board of Directors, Ms Anna Har, were arrested during the screening of the film “No Fire Zone, the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”. MSN Malaysia reports: that today the KDN issued a notice informing Komas that Ms Lena Hedry would be charged and for her to appear in the Magistrate court tomorrow, 19 September to be charged under the film censorship act. The film “No Fire Zone, the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka is a credible and highly regarded documentary film which showcases the human rights violations in Sri Lanka inflicted by the government and military against its citizens. It was quite obvious that the Malaysian authorities seem to be dictated to by the Sri Lankan government because on the day of the film screening on July 3, 2013, Sri Lankan embassy representatives had gone to the venue to try and stop the screening event. …The initial arrest of the 3 during the film screening was indeed unnecessary and nonsensical. It was an overkill to deploy more than 30 officers from the KDN, Police and Immigration then to stop and peaceful and educative event. Now to ridiculously proceed with this travesty of justice by the charging of Lena Hendry is evident of the KDN and the AG Chambers’ bully tactics and total disregard of universal human rights principles and worse of all, the Malaysian Constitution. This is a direct violation of freedom of speech, assembly and association by the Malaysian authorities guaranteed for under Article 10 of the Malaysian Constitution.

It is sad that Malaysia, being part of the UN Human Rights Council, is a persecutor of human rights defenders.

via Komas staff charged for “No Fire Zone Screening” – MSN Malaysia News.

 

One Response to “Human rights worker in Malaysia to appear in court tomorrow for screening the film “No Fire Zone””


  1. […] Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, a film on human rights violations in Sri Lanka.  [see: https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2013/09/18/human-rights-worker-in-malaysia-to-appear-in-court-tomo…%5D. Now Front Line reports on 21 February 2017, that the human rights defender was convicted by the […]


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