Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Tonight on C4: War crimes in Sri Lanka

Jon Snow tonight presents an investigation into the final weeks of the civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers which Channel 4 says features new video evidence of war crimes and is some of the most horrific footage it has ever broadcast.

Captured on mobile phones, both by Tamils under attack and government soldiers as war trophies, the 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.

Channel 4 says 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 is broadcast on Channel 4 tonight at 11.05 pm.

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