"Jon Snow presents a forensic investigation into the final weeks of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers.
With disturbing and distressing descriptions and film of executions, atrocities and the shelling of civilians the programme features devastating new video evidence of war crimes - some of the most horrific footage Channel 4 has ever broadcast.
Captured on mobile phones, both by Tamils under attack and government soldiers as war trophies, the disturbing footage shows: the extra-judicial executions of prisoners; the aftermath of targeted shelling of civilian camps; and dead female Tamil fighters who appear to have been raped or sexually assaulted, abused and murdered.
The film is made and broadcast as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon faces growing criticism for refusing to launch an investigation into 'credible allegations' that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes during the closing weeks of the bloody conflict with the Tamil Tigers.
In April 2011, Ban Ki-moon published a report by a UN-appointed panel of experts, which concluded that as many as 40,000 people were killed in the final weeks of the war between the Tamil Tigers and government forces.
It called for the creation of an international mechanism to investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed by government forces and the Tamil Tigers during that time.
This film provides powerful evidence that will lend new urgency to the panel's call for an international inquiry to be mounted, including harrowing interviews with eye-witnesses, new photographic stills, official Sri Lankan army video footage, and satellite imagery.
Also examined in the film are some of the horrific atrocities carried out by the Tamil Tigers, who used civilians as human shields.
Channel 4 News has consistently reported on the bloody denouement of Sri Lanka's civil war. Sri Lanka's Killing Fields presents a further damning account of the actions of Sri Lankan forces, in a war that the government still insists was conducted with a policy of Zero Civilian Casualties.
The film raises serious questions about the consequences if the UN fails to act, not only with respect to Sri Lanka but also to future violations of international law."
"Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" would be globally viewable from the website of Channel-4 as the station has removed 'geo blocking' software from this programme for 7 days, to facilitate those outside the UK and Ireland to view the documentary after its broadcast Tuesday night.
just bumping this thread.. guys, please watch, 11pm Channel 4 tonight!
can be graphical so just beware, but I believe that sometimes it's important to face these things, and having an understanding of the numerous atrocities which occur all over the world but seem to be unheard of to us as there's little or no media coverage.
I totally understand that the government did not handle this well...human lives were uneccessarily lost.... but when you are trying to get rid of something so BIG as terrorism then its inevitable....
I am not saying that the SL government is amazing....or that its totally in the right here....
but what ANNOYS me...is the fact that for 25 years....the LTTE massacred the sinhalese and other groups in sri lanka....and im talking about putting bombs on school busses...markets..... coming in the night and killing whole villages straight...
WHY did you not help your "fellow sri lankans" THEN?? hmmm.
I heard about this and decided not to watch it - I have a tendency to retain things I see in my mind's eye for ages after, it just turns my stomach. I forgot it was on, flicked to see what was on Channel 4 and saw a guy tied to a tree I think about to be beheaded...
I'm really not up to speed on what went on in Sri Lanka with the Tamil Tigers but I think it's good that things like this come to light and people should be punished for it. It's disgusting.