Special Reports

Sri Lanka: civil war

A comprehensive investigation of Sri Lanka's brutal civil war and analysis of alleged crimes against humanity.

article 27 July 2011 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 'war crimes' soldiers ordered to 'finish the job'
Witnesses have told Channel 4 they were ordered to 'finish the job' by whatever means necessary.
Jonathan Miller by

Exclusive: two Sri Lankans who witnessed the violent final showdown of the country's 26-year civil war claim a top military commander and Sri Lanka's defence secretary ordered war crimes.

article 14 June 2011 World, Sri Lanka
Fresh footage reveals new evidence of Sri Lanka executions
Fresh footage reveals new evidence of Sri Lanka executions

New video evidence of the alleged executions of bound prisoners in Sri Lanka has emerged and is to be broadcast in full in a documentary, as pressure builds for an international investigation.

article 08 December 2010 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 'war crimes' video: woman's body identified
New information on the Sri Lanka war crimes video: victim could be Isaipriya

Channel 4 News can name a woman journalist as one of the victims in the Sri Lanka execution video along with damning new details of the date and location where the video was filmed.


article 20 October 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka killings Channel 4 reports unlikely to be faked
Sri Lanka killings: Channel 4 reports 'unlikely to be faked'

After years of Sri Lankan government denials, Channel 4's evidence of war crimes and extra-judicial killings in Sri Lanka's civil war is vindicated by a leaked government report, writes Callum Macrae.

article 17 August 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka elections: Rajapaksa's return?

Sri Lankans finish voting to elect a new parliament in what could herald a comeback for ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man accused of overseeing war crimes at the end of the country's civil war.

article 28 July 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka justice: leaked UN document casts doubts

A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes, writes Callum Macrae.

article 10 March 2015 UK, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena
Is Sri Lanka changing under President Sirisena?

David Cameron praises the "open and progressive stance" taken by new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as the pair meet in the UK - but how is Sri Lanka changing?

article 09 January 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's defeated president Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka votes out Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man accused of presiding over multiple war crimes, has lost his bid for a third term as Sri Lanka's president.

article 08 January 2015 World, Sri Lanka
A police officer outside a Sri Lankan polling station (Reuters)
by Sri Lanka's election: dog heads, threats and Charlie Hebdo

As voting closes in Sri Lanka's elections, the biggest challenge to Mahinda Rajapaksa's presidency in 15 years, there are accusations of violent intimidation and misuse of public property.

article 07 January 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka presidential election candidates Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka's election could change everything... and nothing

On Thursday, Sri Lanka goes to the polls in an extraordinary presidential election which could change everything but, perversely, change nothing, writes Callum Macrae.