Unjust 76:00, 2011 (Ref: AS11788)

Description

Three widows fight for justice across three Asian nations after losing their husbands to state violence. Despite the rising economic clout of many countries in the region, state agents still use torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings with impunity. The women’s personal tragedies drive them on their long and dangerous pursuit of justice, refusing to be silenced by threats to their lives as they become leading human rights defenders in Asia.

Angkhana’s husband Somchai was a well known lawyer who gave legal assistance to the poor and vulnerable in the south of Thailand. This made him a target for law enforcement officers who were used to acting with impunity.

Suciwati’s husband Munir spent years fearlessly speaking out against Indonesia’s military’s blatant abuse of human rights, which made him a much-loved figure among activists and victims but much feared and hated by the military. He was killed by poisoning on a flight to Holland.

In Sri Lanka, Gerard Perera, husband of Padma, had little to do with the local police when he was unexpectedly arrested and severely tortured. Unlike most torture victims in Sri Lanka, Gerard had no intention of staying silent about his harrowing experience. Unjust follows Angkhana, Suciwati and Padma as they are thrown into the public spotlight, determined to seek justice for their husbands by any means available to them. The three unrelated stories portrayed in this documentary reveal a shocking and systemic disregard for the law by the very officers whose job it is to uphold it.