In September the UN Investigation on Sri Lanka will release its report on the mass atrocities that have taken place there. In 2014, the Sri Lankan government refused access to the country to UN investigators, who then travelled around the world to interview key witnesses who had fled the country. These witnesses spoke to UN investigators in confidence and at great risk to themselves and their families back home.
Even today, 6 years on, survivors in Sri Lanka are unable to speak out about what they saw in 2009 and the government there will not allow documentaries or footage of the war produced by international media to be screened.
In 2015, weeks before the UN Human Rights Council meets to decide if perpetrators of mass atrocities should be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court or rather by the Sri Lankan government itself (as Sri Lanka demands), we revisited UN witnesses around the world. We asked them what they saw and if they could testify in courts in Sri Lanka.
Produced by Emanuel Stoakes. Emanuel is a freelance investigative journalist and researcher who has covered South Asia for The Telegraph, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, VICE and others. Thanks to Outsider TV and the 'No Fire Zone' documentary team for sharing their archives of footage of the Sri Lankan war. Identities & Locations Protected.