‘War Crimes Unpunished’ Channel 4 – New Documentary on Sri Lanka
 [14 March 2012 at 10:55PM]

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Channel 4 premiered its second documentary on Sri Lanka, entitled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished” to a packed audience during the UN Human Rights Film Festival on Sunday.

War Crimes Unpunished, the sequel to Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, will be broadcasted in the UK on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 10:55PM.

After the world witnessed the horrors of Channel 4’s “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, the viewers were left with the haunting question of whether the victims would ever get justice. War Crimes Unpunished attempts to identify the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and answer why impunity continues to reign in Sri Lanka.

Through the analysis of four case studies, the documentary reveals damning new evidence of the responsibility of high-ranking officials such as President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

In the throes of debate surrounding the US-led resolution on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council, the film also explores the culpability of actors in the international community, including the United Nations, who wilfully closed their eyes to the suffering in Sri Lanka.

Building upon previous footage of the shelling of civilians in no fire zones, sexual assault of female combatants, and the systematic execution of bound Tamil prisoners, the documentary reveals shocking new evidence of war crimes committed during the final months of Sri Lanka’s bloody war. War Crimes Unpunished presents testimony from witnesses who describe civilians being dragged from bunkers and murdered.

The culpability of Sri Lankan officials was also exemplified by their gross underestimation of the number of civilians trapped in no fire zones. 

The deprivation of food and medical supplies resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. The film concludes again with a harrowing question: can the cries of thousands of Tamils continue to fall upon deaf ears.

British Tamils forum urges the people of Great Britain to watch this documentary and pledge their support to seek justice and accountability to all war crimes and crimes against humanity committed and continuing to commit by the Sri Lankan State.

Channel 4 Film information link

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