Lanka releases new video on LTTE

Sri Lanka released a new video on Wednesday which looks at the various crimes committed by the Tamil Tiger rebels during a brutal 30 year war.

The release of the video comes as Sri Lanka prepares to face pressure at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva later this month to probe allegations committed by the military during the war.

The Sri Lankan Media Center for National Security said that the video titled “Ruthless” recounts true accounts of survivors who once, had lived under the brutal and repressive regime of the Tamil Tigers but were now willing to speak freely on what they had experienced during the days of the war.

“It is well known to the world that many calculated efforts are being taken by various groups to whitewash the Tamil Tigers and its atrocities and accuse the government of Sri Lanka for allegedly committing war crimes instead.  The video was released amidst such allegations to show the world what really had happened during the time of war,” the Director of the Media Center for National Security Lakshman Hullugale said.

The video has been produced by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence and Urban Development headed by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, a brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Defence Ministry had last year released a video to counter the allegations raised against the Sri Lankan military in a series of documentaries by a British television Channel.

The documentaries by the British television had alleged that the Sri Lankan military had committed serious war crimes during the final battle against the rebels before the rebels were defeated in 2009.

A US War Crimes official is currently in Sri Lanka meeting with the government to discuss some of the allegations while two other top US government officials are also due in Sri Lanka next week.

Stephen J Rapp, Ambassador at Large for the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the US State Department met Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris and discussed some of the concerns, the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday.