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 04 July 2014 World, Sri Lanka
by Tamil woman raped by Sri Lankan soldiers to be deported

Weeks after William Hague's summit on sexual violence in conflict, the British government is to deport a Tamil woman back to Sri Lanka, despite claims she was repeatedly raped by Sri Lankan soldiers.

article 11 April 2014 UK, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Jonathan Miller by Controversial MP trip to Sri Lanka cancelled at 11th hour

An all-expenses-paid trip by five UK MPs and their partners, including business-class travel to and from Sri Lanka, is cancelled amid cross-party recriminations - hours before departure.

article 27 March 2014 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka war crimes: the evidence
Sri Lanka 'war crimes': the evidence

As the UN prepares to launch an inquiry into allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, Channel 4 News presents the evidence collected by this programme over the past five years.

article 27 March 2014 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka soldier under UN sign
Jonathan Miller by 'Victory for Sri Lankan people': UN to probe 'war crimes'

The United Nations is to launch an investigation into alleged war crimes and continuing human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

article 26 March 2014 World, Sri Lanka
Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tamil civil war victim
Jonathan Miller by UN to vote on 'monumental' Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry

Almost exactly five years after Sri Lanka's civil war ended, the UN Human Rights Council is preparing to vote on a US and UK-led resolution which would mandate the UN to launch a war crimes inquiry.

article 26 March 2014 World, Sri Lanka
Doctor Varatharajah Thariajah
'I cried every day': inside Sri Lanka's 'No Fire Zones'

Five years ago Dr Varatharajah Thariajah was given his freedom in exchange for refuting war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan government. Today he tells Channel 4 News a different story.

article 17 March 2014 World, Sri Lanka
Ruki Fernando
Arrests of Sri Lankan activists condemned by Foreign Office

The arrest of two prominent human rights activists in Sri Lanka is condemned as "not acceptable" by British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, writes Callum Macrae.