Sri Lanka opposes UN screening of 'Sri Lanka's killing fields'

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - 13:26


Lankan diplomats are working to block a British-made documentary about the country's civil war from being shown on the sidelines of a United Nations human rights meeting this week.


Sri lanka’s ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Ravinath Ariyasinghe said the film contained a narrative that was "discredited, uncorroborated and unsubstantiated.


Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha to the head of the U.N. Human Rights Council, warns that the global body could be violating its own rules if the film is screened March 1st in Geneva at a meeting hosted by rights groups.


Ravinath Aryasinha said the timing and the venue of the screening of The 90-minute documentary, titled "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka," clearly demonstrates that it is aimed at influencing the debate in the council on Sri Lanka, citing the two previous films that were also shown during meetings of the Geneva-based rights body.


He said the film contained "morphed and diabolical" material aimed at undermining the process of reconciliation between Tamils and the nation's ethnic Sinhalese majority.