Sri Lanka is an island nation off the coast of India
Date23 July 1983 - 18 May 2009
Sri Lankan government decisive victory
Rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam organisation activity ended in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan government reestablishes control over entire island
Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission conducted
Allegations of war crimes against both sides
Indian Peace Keeping Force (1987 - 90)
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
The Sri Lankan Civil War was a conflict fought on the island of Sri Lanka. Beginning on 23 July 1983, there was an intermittent insurgency against the government by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers), an independent militant organisation which fought to create an independent Tamil state called Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island.
After a 26-year military campaign, the Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, bringing the civil war to an end.
For over 25 years, the war caused significant hardships for the population, environment and the economy of the country, with an estimated 80,000 - 100,000 people killed during its course. During the early part of the conflict, the Sri Lankan forces attempted to retake the areas captured by the LTTE.
The tactics employed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam against the actions of Government forces resulted in their listing as a terrorist organisation in 32 countries, including the United States, India, Canada and the member nations of the European Union.
This 2 disc set contains 5 documentaries on this subject, total runtime approx 3.5 hours.
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