23 Jun '11, 2am

Sri Lanka 'war crime' images fuel Tamil resentment

COLOMBO: A TV documentary with gruesome footage that appears to back up war crimes charges against Sri Lankan troops has aggravated ethnic wounds two years after the end of the island's civil war. The decision by Britain's Channel 4 to provide free Internet access to the documentary after its broadcast last week, means that members of Sri Lanka's Tamil minority, as well as majority Sinhalese, have been able to view and share the content. The programme, titled "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields," contained footage shot on video or mobile phones during the final months of the ultimately successful 2009 offensive by government troops against Tamil Tiger rebels. The images appear to show troops carrying out summary executions, as well as the bodies of female Tamil fighters that have been sexually assaulted. It also includes footage that lends weight to repeated allegations -- strongl...

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