In December 2014, the Oakland Institute carried out research and fieldwork in Sri Lanka in order to understand and document the state of land conflicts and displacement amid accusations of land grabs experienced by the Tamils and other minorities at the hands of the Sri Lankan army and the government. While investigating the land grabs, the research team witnessed discrimination, harassment by the police, and horrors of the civil war that continue to torment minority groups, especially the Tamils, even today
Following the launch the Oakland Institute held a panel discussion which included No Fire Zone Director Callum Macrae and can be heard opposite
Video piece produced in conjunction with TAG (Tamils against genocide) and presented at the UN in Geneva. Warning The video contains disturbing footage showing the sexual abuse of a dead female (believed to be an LTTE fighter) by a clearly identifiable Sri Lankan soldier.
Immediately prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in Sri Lanka in November 2013, prominent campaigner for the disappeared Mrs Balendran Jeyakumari was arrested by police and held under the prevention of terrorism legislation. Mrs Jeyakumari had been a very vocal protestor demanding that the government give her information regarding the whereabouts of her son Mahindan who disappeared in 2009. Mrs Jeyakumari was held without charge for almost a year.
Immediately prior to the premiere of No Fire Zone in India new footage emerged that showed the LTTE singer and news reader Isaipriya being captured alive and unharmed by Sri Lankan soldiers. The government of Sri Lanka had always maintained that Isaipriya had been killed in battle. Warning, some viewers may find this video distressing
This video was produced as a background introduction shown in Geneva in 2014. It outlines the experiences of Tamil doctors during the last stages of the war in 2009. Following the end of the war the doctors were arrested and threatened with years in jail unless they publicly retracted what they had previously said from the war zone regarding numbers of casualties and the lack of willingness of the Sri Lankan government to send medical supplies to treat the civilian injured.
One of the Doctors Dr. Varatharaja has managed to leave Sri Lanka and was for the first time since the war ended able to speak publicly about his experiences during the final months of the conflict and his treatment by the Sri Lankan Government since the end of the war.
Exiled Sri Lankan journalist Basha Abeywardene recorded this statement which was played at the launch of the Sinhala Version of No Fire Zone held at the palace of Westminster on the 10th March 2015
In March 2014 the UNCHR voted for the establishment of an independent inquiry into the events at the end of the war in Sri Lanka and into ongoing human rights abuses. That inquiry was due to report back in Marh 2015 but has been delayed until September 2015 due to the election of a new president Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015.
The previous regime under Mahinda Rajapaksa had refused to cooperate with the inquiry and had refused to let inquiry staff enter the country.
In November 2014 NO FIRE ZONE won the BRITDOC impact award which recognises films that have had a significant social impact. As part of this process we compiled a montage of clips related to No Fire Zone that have been broadcast by media organisations around the world
The Channel 4 news report on the meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron and new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.
Following the launch of the Sinhala version of NO FIRE ZONE on 10th March 2015 which coincided with the visit to London of new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. No Fire Zone director Callum Macrae travelled to Downing Street and attempted to give the president a copy of the film following his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron
During his vist to the UK in March 2015 President Sirisena claimed not to have seen NO FIRE ZONE and so NO FIRE ZONE director Callum Macrae created a special personalised version of the Sinhala version of the film which he arranged to be delivered to the president via the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. This version also contained a recorded personal message to President Sirisena and is contained within this clip.