Sri-Lanka's Killing Fields


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.

A recent Channel 4 documentary (‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’) on war crimes and crimes against humanity, first broadcasted on June 14.

During the final months of Sri Lanka’s war in 2009, tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were massacred by targeted government shelling. An investigation by a UN panel of experts’, whose report makes depressing reading, estimated the death toll in five months to be 40,000. Despite widespread and continuous demonstrations at the time by expatriate Tamils in Britain and elsewhere, Sri Lanka received little press interest in those months (in contrast, for example, to the Israeli onslaught on Gaza in 2009, which began at exactly the same time).

As such the horrific events of the time are not well understood by many people. Channel 4’s documentary is an important and compelling account of them. I therefore hope you will take the time to see it, and to pass the link to others.

The film is only available for another week or so on Channel 4’s website (it can be found here:

The UN expert panel’s report is available here: