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Josefina Bergsten’s documentary features story of Lankan activist Jerad Perera

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Josefina Bergsten is a producer of several social documentaries. Some of these documentaries are, “Unjust – a story of three surviving widows of three human rights activists who were assassinated in their countries”.

They were,

* Jerad Perera a Sri Lankan torture victim who was pursuing his cases before the courts and who was murdered while he was travelling to work by bus. 

*Munir Said Thalib from Indonesia, who was assassinated by poisoning while travelling in an Indonesian Garuda Airlines to the Netherlands.

 Mr Somchai Neelaphaijit, a senior human rights lawyer in Thailand who was abducted while travelling in Bangkok and thereafter disappeared.

The three widows, Suciwati, Angkhana and Padma have been going to courts for many years seeking justice. But, the courts system is so arranged in favour of the perpetrators of these crimes and to impose hardships on those who demand justice, Asian Human Rights Commission said in a statement.

Josefina Bergstein  has done several stories on torture victims in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and other countries.

In the present documentary “The Activist”, she covers the problems involved in human rights work in the Asian countries through a long interview with Basil Fernando, Human Rights lawyer and activist who has been involved in human rights work for many decades.

The story is narrated with biographical details into work on human rights issues such as caste discrimination, enforced disappearances, misuse of national security laws, and the painful stories of how all these things affects the lives of the ordinary folk.

With large amounts of photographs from Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Hong Kong, these stories have been beautifully illustrated. Comparisons between Hong Kong and Sri Lanka and Cambodia illustrates the vast differences between societies where the rule of law systems are well established and those where these systems have seriously collapsed.

Watch the documentary below

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