Sri Lanka releases documentary on LTTE atrocities
- Feb 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka Wednesday released a documentary depicting the atrocities committed by the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during its 30 years of terror war.
The documentary movie produced by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development titled "Ruthless" is released in response to the efforts by pro-LTTE groups to "whitewash" the LTTE atrocities while accusing the government of Sri Lanka for allegedly committed war crimes, the government says.
The "Ruthless" is released to show the world that what really had happened during the time of war, the government says.
The documentary is released in preparation to counteract the war crime allegations leveled against Sri Lanka that would be the center of discussion at the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions later this month.
"Ruthless", which according to the government is a story about crimes against humanity, recounts true accounts of survivors who lived under the LTTE control before the government militarily defeated the group in May 2009 and are now free to tell their experiences.
The movie captures the eyewitness accounts of LTTE's massacres against Tamil, as well as Sinhala and Muslim civilians and forced recruitment of children as young as 12 to fight their war.
The Tamil Tigers not only targeted innocent civilians but also targeted many religious places, the clergy, children and even their disabled and wounded cadres.
In one of the accounts in the documentary a Catholic priest in the St Mary's Church at Valayanamadam narrates the attack on the church in March 2009 by the LTTE and abduction of 600 under-aged children who were taking refuge there.
View part 1 of Ruthless video here
Screening the documentary for media Lakshman Hulugalle, the Director General of the Media Centre for National Security said the documentary aims to counter "false accounts" of unsubstantiated evidence from unknown sources provided in international media such as UK's Channel 4 TV.
The eyewitnesses interviewed for the documentary are available for anyone to be questioned, Hulugalle said.
View part 2 of Ruthless video here
The UNHRC supported by the United States is expected to table a resolution against Sri Lanka on the accountability during the final phase of the war that ended the three decades of terrorism in the country.