Published on 14 Jun 2011

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields – a project that can affect history

Once or twice in a reporting lifetime, a journalist is allowed by events to participate in a project that can affect history. The film I have narrated tonight on Channel 4 – Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields – airs at 11.05 pm. It is a painful, and complex team achievement in which we have pieced together an account of what happened in the closing weeks of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Bluntly, our evidence shows how Tamil civilians were corralled into one ever diminishing piece of land and systematically shelled and bombed by government forces. Some of the targets were medical facilities emblazoned with the internationally recognised Red Cross.

The United Nations believes at least 40,000 civilians were massacred in this process. Our evidence of how it was done comes in the form of mobile phone footage, Tamil and government film footage, and mobile phone “trophy footage” in which soldiers filmed themselves abusing and executing Tamils who had either surrendered or been captured.

War crimes were committed on both sides in what was a barbarous conflict. But the Government action that we report tonight transcends anything seen during this phase of the civil conflict.

It is a harrowing and difficult film to watch. But it represents not only the evidence required to convict, but a first ever testament in the digital age to the dawning truth that in this age it is becoming close to impossible for warring forces to cover up what they have done.

The United Nations own panel of inquiry is already satisfied that a war crime occurred on the scale and of the nature that we report tonight. Whether those responsible are brought to trial at the International Criminal Court, or at the Hague will in part depend upon the pressure from those who see this film upon their own politicians to support the ringing for charges.

Channel 4 is lifting its normal commercial access restrictions to allow the film to be freely seen by anyone anywhere in the world. Additionally, it is bound to go viral via Youtube.

This is not my normal kind of Snowblog. I end by asking you to watch this film. It could well prove a kind of a watershed, a moment when humanity, confronted with the evidence, cries ‘no more’. In our century of war – as the 21st Century is already beginning to feel – this could provide a moment when the perpetrators of war crimes meet the law courtesy of global disgust and pressure.

You will see that the film had to be, as it is, horrifically true to the facts of what happened. I hope you will spare 50 minutes tonight, it could be that it will make a difference.

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Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields will be available to watch on 4oD as soon as possible after broadcast. Channel 4 News will also be broadcasting a preview of the film during tonight’s news broadcast.


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392 reader comments

  1. adrian clarke says:

    Jon ,i doubt that i will be up to watch the film , but intend recording so i might watch tomorrow.
    I have no doubt it will show potential war crimes,yet it has to be remembered it was a civil war and the fighting did not stop until the final surrender.
    In Sri Lanka and the wider global community the Tamils were considered to be terrorists and over the years committed many attrocities themselves, so i hope the film does not come over as biased and instead gives an impartial view of events.
    As for making a difference,will it change the regimes we now see committing atrocities in the ME, or further afield China or N.Korea and even Russia.I doubt it.

    1. Melbourne Tamils says:

      adrian now you will understand why the tamils have been fighting for in sri lanka. So far sri lanka has mislead international community and uder the banner on war on terrorism been wgaing a genocidal war on the tamil minority. No wonder LTTE had employ such tatctics, because it was the only way to confront such a cruel sinhala regime. Please dont say LTTE held tamils a hostage. Tamils were living peacefully in LTTE controlled areas before the final assualt started. No tamils were complaining. LTTE had great facilities, law courts, civil police forcee, hospital, transport system, law colledges, politicial wing etc. All those 300,000 people who were trapped were not held ostage but wdid becasue of their will. This can be proved by an independent referendum asking tamils, whether they styayed with the ltte or were forced too. But do this sl govt first must allow the tamils the freedom and safety to say what they feel and should not use their military to coercee or threaten them to sayingsomething else. For this their needs to be somekind of international monitorig mission.

    2. RajasH says:

      Hi Adrian
      I take objection to your comment “… Tamils were considered to be terrorists ….”

      Please withdraw this comment.
      Editor – please edit Adrian Clarke’s comment.
      He is giving an impression that Tamils are terrorist…

    3. Lankan Tamil says:

      hi adrian,

      person who replied by the name of Melbourne Tamil is misleading you. he says Tamils never had a problem with LTTE.

      Which means innocent tamils lived under LTTE controlled area had no objections when LTTE forcefully recruited Tamil under age children without giving them education. when LTTE collected money and food from innocent tamils.

      This melbourne tamil lives in Australia with all the comforts do not understand the hearts of Tamils who suffered a lot under a Terror Group.

      Adrian, Visit Sri Lanka and you will see how tamils live in Colombo city and also in Jaffna now. Children are getting education rather than weapons. These Melbourne Tamils only want to see their Melbourne Tamil children having a good life not Tamils living in Sri Lanka,

      LTTE is responsible to label Tamils as Terrorists in the whole world. Actually all tamils are not terrorists and we don’t want a separate country. Singhalese, Tamils, Muslims we all have a one beautiful country and we will protect it ! That is ” Sri Lanka” – Diversity is the Strength of our nation !

    4. mano says:

      Adrian, you seems to have a pre-conceived idea in your mind. Ron has clearly stated that , his report is completely made up of digital evidence collected mainly from SL soldiers themself , committing in-human acts on un-armed civilains and dead or captured combatants. You seems to suggest .., yeha LTTE too did atrocities ..so there is nothing to worry about thease evidences…So , how do we find the real truth ? Do not you think , you should have FREE access to the surviving Victims to find out who did what ? Have you ever wondered , why SL is refusing to let a single journalist to visit the War zone and talk to the people freely and in confidence without it’s military escort ? You said Tamils are considered Terrosist globaly…, that tells me you really do NOT know what is/was happening in Srilanka .., Do you know Nelson Mandela and ANC along with ALL SA black people , were considered “Terrorsists” for decades , just because they faught for their Freedom !!!???

    5. adrian clarke says:

      rajasH this is a free country where one can make comments ,as long as they are not racist or threatening,the following is from Wikipaedia.[13] The tactics employed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam resulted in their being branded as a terrorist organization in 32 countries, including the United States, India, Australia, Canada and the member nations of the European Union.[16] The Sri Lankan government forces have also been accused of human rights abuses.[17]
      So i feel i have nothing to withdraw.When i make comments on the blog , they may be unpopular but i always do my homework.I understand that over 800,000 Tamils left Sri Lanka because of the LTTE.
      I also understand that many were killed by the security forces prior but because of LTTE actions.
      I have never for one moment suggested that the Sri Lankan authorities are not guilty of war crimes.I merely hope that Jon’s report is not biased one way and does discuss the LTTE atrocities.

    6. Srivan Muttu says:

      Adrian, You come over as totally ignorant of the origin of the ethno-religious conflict and of recurrent state terrorism from independence right up to the present time on that island. Your comment seems perverse. Merely because Britain signed up to Bush’s ‘war on terror’ and sold arms and aramaments to Sri lanka along with several other countries which additionally sold WMDS to earn foreign exchange does not make it a just cause. The reality was, and still is, about badly failed internal governance and racism a la former South Afrikaaner model from which regime Sri Lanka obtained its draconian Emergency Regulations which holds good even today. It’ll be good to read the UN Advisory Panel Report and watch the Channel 4 video to be enlightened on the vicious and criminal war against ethnic minority which has been in motion from long before the Tamil Tigers were even born! What has been long, long lacking is justice and rule of law even now to hold all sides reponsible for their crimes, including the aberrant state.

    7. Thangachi says:

      Jon, I thought you were an unbiast journalist. This did not come accross in your documentry. This is very baist view of the war. You have not told how brutal the tamil tigers were in killing their own poeple. The war has freed the tamil people from grips of the Tigers. Your biast report did not mention how the tigers bomb the hospitals themselves to blame the army. I think this is a revenge programme made by your journalist who got chucked out of Sri Lanka. Where are the views from the Tamils who are happy the tigers are no more,
      Your whole documentry is based around the hospital because you didnt have any other story to report. Good luck for supporting the Tamil Tiger views.

    8. Manu says:

      Thank you Adrian for you to have a broad view on this matter.
      I would love to draw attention on this news article as well. If you just ask the question “Why?” you will get the simple answere in the consumer based society Dignity of a race, freedom and right being sold with highest price.

      If talk about past, Channel 4 why dont you talk about invading countries by British and killing men, women and children. Please act by example don’t try to be hypocrits. Brit collected all resources from east and now they talk abt human right.

      During the war time all over the country parents were afraid of their childrens return from schools due to suicidal bomb attack. Child soldiers were used heavily. End of war is a past now but replace it again would effect children.

      It doesnt matter for money oriented reporters, it because they are not their children.
      Now my brother works in Jaffna hospital as a doctor, being a sinhalese he speaks tamil well and care for patients. When I asked about him in a recent visit Nurses and minor staff told me he work really hard and what I can felt was they loved him a lot.
      Please let ppl to adapt with new conditions don’t try to replace peace with war.

    9. anu says:

      Yes, you are correct..! Here channel 4 is continuously saying that Sri Lankan forces intentionally targeted the hospitals. But what they are concealing is the fact that LTTE was firing artillary towards government forces from behind these make shift hospitals, which lead the army retalliations towards hospitals.It was the LTTE who wanted to see their own people dead and wounded to win the international sympathy.
      Again, the role of UN people who were acting in Sri Lanka at that time is questionable as they were not acting independent at all. Billions worth of UN resources (food, medicine,vehicles, construction materials etc.) were found inside the LTTE camps which were supposed to be distributed to the civilians. Even during the last days of the war, they were not making a genuine attempt to rescue the civilians but the LTTE leadership.It was rediculous how they proposed a surrender of LTTE leaders to a third party instead of Sri Lankan government.

    10. S Ratnam says:

      Hi Adrien
      It is very clear that you have a pre conceived
      idea of Tamils being terrorists. I hope you might have seen the recoded film now but, please look with a clear vision. There is no other race in the world who might have sufferred in the hands of their own Government like Sri Lankan Tamils did. You will only feel the pain if you were in their position. It might have taken you only a few minutes to write this comment but no doubt you hurt all Sri Lankan Tamils, living all over the world. May be that is what you intended. God Bless you Adrien

    11. Sri Lankan says:

      Unfortunately (and as usual) Jon Snow has failed to understand the nature of the issue he was covering. As expected the report was wholly biased towards the LTTE (who are a terrorist organisation responsible for heinous crimes against innocent civilians- Tamils and Sinhalese alike), it fails to report objectively on the situation, its history and is instead simply highly emotive and subjective. Apart from this report displaying a level of jounalistic incompetence and inpetitude it only serves to disrupt and undermine a peace process that is now well underway and has the full support of the Sri Lankan population as a whole. Having visited SL in January, I was struck by the positive attitude and post-war optimism at the possibility of SL finally having the opportunity to reach its economic potential and becoming a stable nation where its citizens can lead normal lives and have access to the basic opportunities (such as un-interrupted education) which have long been lacking due to the 25+ year conflict. Similar to British forces, the SL army should be congratulated for having successfully defeated a major terrorist organisation which promotes violonce and extremist ideologies

    12. Rajah says:

      Thanking you for bring it out the truth of last few days of the war in Sri lanka .
      At least the whole world knows about it now.
      Special thank you for John Snow for the way he has presented case.
      Now we hope that we will get justice on this case.
      Keeping up with good work.

    13. D.Kandeepun says:

      Adrian’the Tamils were considered to be terrorists and over the years committed many attrocities themselves’ – you are generalising against a whole race of people when you make this statement, I for one do not condone the acctions of the LTTE (the tamils you should actually be referring to) or the Sri Lankan Government.

      Thangachi – Jon was not biased in his report he did in fact mention that the LTTE used their own people as a shield between themselves and the government but you need to bear in mind that the LTTE no longer exist, so what is the point pressing charges, I suppose it could have been mentioned more but it is the government that need to accept responsibility.

      But I myself am just grateful for the peace, as I am certain all Srilankans are. After so many years of Civil Conflict Srilanka can finally recover.

    14. Ratna says:

      GOSL said that the war is over, and all the LTTE leaderships are dead and gone. But the whole world has been exposed to truth by Channel 4 till now. You (GOSL) still have some in your custody and few in political wings – please do away with them in your own (I know the result) way and come to international court; for your own judgement.

      (Do not try to hold on to the old childish trick by covering your own eyes, and say; “the world is DARK” in other word whole documentary is “FAKE”)

      Truth will prevail. Once I was lost, now I am totally lost; after seeing Channel 4 documentary. I must comment on the C4 team and head, Mr. Jon Snow for their risk taking and humanitarian work. It has helped many burning hearts around the world with a drop of pure ice-cold water.

      The truth has been laid down by C4 in front of the whole world (IC and UN).

      Ban! Ban Ki-moon from UN or, he should resign or; at least not to allow him to stand for another term.

      (If he over look this genocide and do not authorise full independent investigation with his title and power; what is the point of being head of UN? And, stating “I do not have the power”).

      In my opinion, the New comer (head of UN) should bring GOSL (or other countries doing similar blood sheds) to Hague.

      The other option is to dissolve UN, and let us all get back to square one and start Barbarisms – like the old days (WW2 and WW1 and the beyond).

    15. Janaka Perera says:

      In my openion as a Sri lankan, We have lived with Brutal Terorist organaization and LTTE has killed thousand of innocent Civilion and innocent children and they have brought under age children to the armed conflict. As a democratically elected govenment, Sri Lankan government eradicated the Brutal LTTE and its Leadership. This is the Real norbal truth. As a Sri Lankan We are living peachfully and happyly. Now International Tamil Diaspora trying to create problemagain. They did not give any cents to the innocent Norh East Tamils this is the Real story

    16. Bjorn says:

      Wel said adrian.. i don’t need to waist my words. you can see Tamils who live in other countries spread crimes and violations.. and in sri lanka tamils sinhalese and muslims live peacfully and all who live in othercountries have at least a one connection to a dead tamil terorist so they are weaping ang planing a reveng . thats natural since all are human beings even a brother is a terorist another brothr do not forget if he died in a batle or killed by army . so they just weaping and weaping.. they just want a separate country .. only these tamils not only in sri lanka in india the biggest game.. indian tamils needs to separate sri lanka and take advantage over deviding indian tamilnadu as a separate tamil country.. they just know how to separate not how to libarate.. i knew this when i live in sri lanka as a IT outsourcing Consultont. i got really hate of those terorist not about innocent srilankan tamils, sinhalaese or muslims..

    17. Ratna says:

      Be human. Since, Channel 4 has brought the truth to these extend; so to people with real 6th sense as follows…. If GOSL is claiming no crime committed – why not allow (instead of begging China, Russia and India for support) an independent inquiry? Or boldly come to international court for justice? I believe there are paid bloggers (by GOSL) trying to undermine C4 news with nit picking technique. In reality, GOSL is in big trouble and has to face the consequences; committed since 1948 (fate) and it is taunting them and; I can see that they have no peaceful sleep any more!

    18. Thilini says:

      @”Adrian” – you explicitly say in your comment “In Sri Lanka and the wider global community the Tamils were considered to be terrorists”. You did not make the distinction between Tamil people and the LTTE. Some of my best friends are actually Tamil and trust me when I say this, they are NOT terrorists. I don’t know how you could make such a preposterous claim.

      @Anu – the government can not and SHOULD NOT use such claims as an excuse to bomb hospitals. I am so ashamed to be considered a sri lankan when I see what some of you have written. What has the world come to?!?

    19. Ravi Thirimanna says:

      I think this documentary is bull**** since Gordon Weiss says the Govt removed all international witnesses and a couple of frames later it shows and ICRC international staffer attending to the injured.

      Some of the footage is pirated from Sri Lanka Air Force.

      Its a shame that you have been mislead by the Tamils to produce this rubbish. All money down the drain I guess.

    20. Nandika says:

      I don’t think Jon Snow did enough research before making this programme. He forgot that the suicide bombing was introduced by the Tamil Tigers. They bombed Buddhist Temples, Raped Buddhist Monks and threatened the Tamil people living in Jaffna to contribute money and their children to strengthen their movement. They even set fire to the Kingsbury temple in England 4 times!! Just to name a few!!

      Did any one ever wonder where all the Tamil Doctors working around the world did their studies? At the Sri Lankan Universities!!!

      When I was in Jaffna 7 years ago the Tamil Taxi Driver asked us why we did shopping at the Tiger Supermarket!!! Does that mean the people living over there were happy under the Tigers?

      Tamil tigers are very good at making properganda programmes, what I can’t undestand is how some one like Jon Snow swolled the pill!!! Is it only when the West is attacked such people are categotised as Terrorists?

  2. margaret brandreth-jones says:

    The ‘You tube’ evidence which has been shown already is distressing. I personally havn’t the stomach to watch such animalistic civil warmongering, however I do hope the exposure of such material injects a sense of disgust world wide .

    Good luck with your documentary.

    1. Sivarajah Nadesan says:

      Dear margaret, Killing anyone is distressing. Killing an animal even for food is also distressing. problem here is Channel 4 is totally biased as Tamil Tiger rebels killed number of innocent people. LTTE is the most dangerous terror organization according to FBI. they are the first terror group to invent human suicide bombings. They even used 15 year old children for that. So this video will justify those atrocities done by LTTE and giving a worldwide dis reputation to Sri Lankan Army who finished this terror group with many sacrifices to give freedom to innocent tamils from LTTE !!!

    2. Sams123 says:

      Dear margaret brandreth-jones,
      It is important for the world to know the truth. The truth must be heard even though we do not have the stomach to prevent these types of war crimes in the future and punish the perportrators of these crimes in SL.

    3. Human says:

      As fellow human beings we the people of the world do not want to encourage such behaviour ever shown by any state or their military. Sri Lanka was the beginning let it end there itself. LTTE was considered as Tamil army by the Tamil people when organized pogroms made them flea towards the North. LTTE had screwed up ethics but nothing like the Govt forces, never hurt Tamils or Sinhalese for that matter. I gathered, they targeted the ability of the Govt to terrorize the Tamil people in the North ie. I read about some aircrafts destroyed by LTTE. Sadly the politicians did not realize they were mis treating the Tamil people to seek refuge with the LTTE for safety. All those people fled from Sri Lanka in 1983 because of an organized pogrom, surely they were not running away from LTTE as per Adian Clarke wrote above….many mis statements above to discredit the Tamils where as they have been through the worst in the history of man kind.

  3. Janani Paramsothy says:

    As someone who has been campaigning for justice for the Tamils during and since 2009, I can only say thank you for taking this cause up. We have had a hard task persuading people that there even is a problem, and having done so, it still remains neglected. As you say, hopefully this will spur international action in the time to come.

    1. Thaveesha says:

      You will protest/demonstrate, go on hunger strikes and do every thing in your power to bring justice to tamils, sadly the international community will not do anything about it.
      By the looks of it you are a tamil living in abroad, please try to have a balance mind about it without falling in to LTTE propaganda. I’m a sri lankan and i too don’t believe my government is telling the truth about the no. of casulaties and deaths happend in final stages of war.
      Why didn’t you campagin against LTTE who used YOUR people as human shields/ recruiting child soldiers/ Sending suicide carders to kill the escaping people. IS it too hard for you to digest?
      I don’t feel any anger towards you people, just plain sadness. somehow someday i hope you will understand what really happened in sri lanka and stop pursuing on a worthless cause. Sri lanka army’s offensive was supported initially by the very same nations you seek justice from.
      Most of the people who were shown executed were indeed tamil tigers, and as human i feel disgusted but as a person who had experience first hand of the atrocities committed by ltte i am not sad in fact they deserved it.

    2. Yuani says:

      Thaveesha,

      I am shocked by your statement that people ‘deserved to die’. It is the most disgusting and inhumane thing that I have heard anyone say. As much as you would like to believe that you are, you ARE NOT God, so neither you nor your so-called government have the right to determine who lives and who dies especially when those people being killed have surrendered.

      I have watched the video with an open mind and anyone who says that the government was right in killing PEOPLE whoever they maybe (innocent Tamils or the LTTE), are just as guilty as those soldiers who performed the killings, who are as guilty as the people who ordered the executions, who are just as guilty as that president of yours.

      You even say that you don’t believe that your government is telling the truth about how many people died. So why would you be against this documentary? Oh, that’s right! Because the Tamil population who you refer to ‘you people’ supposedly “deserved it”.

      You probably should look at what you write before you post it.

  4. Theepan says:

    Around January and April 2009, hundreds of thousands of Tamils in UK gathered in Westminster streets to tell the world what is/will happen in the hands of LTTE and Government soldiers if the fight carries on.

    When we cried for help, there was no one to help the civilians caught in the fight or even stop this. Now two years later the horror is unwinding. The footage to be aired will shock the world with inhumanity and cruelty against civilians. We shouted in front of parliament but our voices were not heard in UN.

    I should thank Channel 4 for taking such a risk to film/obtain these evidence and further more to telecast on TV. I hope this historic event will bring the perpetrators to justice and the fallen innocent civilians soles may rest.

    1. Ratna Eham says:

      I sincerely hope that Sinhalese community has seen this breath taking documentary of Channel 4, before they make their mind up on separate state for Tamil as the only solution. You can hear some valour language used in the mobile footage by Sinhalese soldiers. This is more than sufficient to know, what kind of commanding officials they had at that point. It’s sounds like if the UN and International Community fails to give the root course a “fair judgement”, their will be Eellam Straggle part 3 from out side of Sri Lanka! I thank Channel 4 from bottom of my hearts!! Thank you C4!!!

  5. Evie Murray says:

    If we shout enough is enough, will it stop? I’ve been shouting enough for a long time with thousands of other voices. When will it be heard? I hope your right Jon, I hope this stages a real platform for true justice.

  6. Tamil says:

    Well done C4…the tamils are waiting to watch this…and hope the World will act…otherwise this is only a temporary respite…as the source of the conflict is hundreds of years in the making….

  7. Sanjay says:

    People dont understand that the actual tamil tigers and the tamil civilians are different, the tamil tigers are freedom fighters which were fighting for the tamil people. the sinhalese government committed many atrocities to the tamil people with endless amount of massacres. the tamil tigers have done bad as well however what have the tamil citizens of sri lanka done to deserve this?

    1. adrian clarke says:

      Sanjay i am afraid a freedom fighter is a polite way of saying a terrorist.The IRA were so called freedom fighters, so are the Taliban.
      Anyone who wants to use violence as a means of getting their own way class themselves as freedom fighters.Most people are aware they are international terrorists

    2. British Lankan says:

      IT IS NOT A SINHALESE GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS A SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!! MAKING SUCH DISTINCTIONS PERPETUATES DIVERSION AND RACISM!!!!!!!!!!! GET IT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Thamilar says:

      Sanjay, you are correct 100%. I strongly believe that one day the whole world will understand… very soon.

  8. Lankan Thinker says:

    The problem here is that the authenticity of the videos you are using are not being independently verified – for example, can Mr. Snow explain how the video of one of the incidents shown (originally broadcast on Ch4 in August 2009) is available on the AFP Youtube Channel with a soundtrack in which the camera person and others are clearly speaking in Tamil? (See http://youtu.be/RDn3iSKD-Pc)

    I am sure you will show this same clip in tonight’s film with a soundtrack where people speak in Sinhala. But which video is authentic? Channel 4’s or the one used by the AFP?

    Similarly, I am sure you will show video footage of Tamil civillians running from shelling. But how do you know who was doing the shelling? Are you basing it on the satellite evidence in the UN report? Annex 3 of UN panel report shows only 4 mortar/artillery positions for the LTTE – is that really believable?

    I don’t doubt that some atrocities happened in the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. But only a even handed presentation that shows the callousness of both sides can bring about a lasting peace – otherwise you will just polarise the communities involved even further.

    1. Lasi says:

      excalty thay’s why we need UN to act now and start the investigation..

    2. Jamain Boateng says:

      the video link which you have posted has been edited by the sinhalese clearly, you and I both know that! Why is the audio so clear but the video very pixelated. You can make out that the soldiers were wearing sri lankan army uniforms and not tamil tiger uniform, so please do not waste your time trying to fool us, when the truth is going to be revealed tonight!

    3. Dravid5 says:

      Thinker …you are absolutely right no one can say these videos are 100% authentic as the sources of these videos could be revealed by these media organization due to concerns of safety of their sources. But at the same time you also may recall that Mr Snow has requested on number of occasion to give free press access the affected areas from both GOSL & SL high commissioner but this was never done. Why not bring in press freedom to SL? If there is nothing to hide and then nothing to report I am sure non of these press man would be there. The sad truth is as we both Srilankan’s know that there is a large amount of war crime carried out by both side. While the ending of the war is a good sign the crimes needs to be punished regardless of who has conducted them. We need to be objective about this and be able to deal with it.

    4. charu says:

      What you want to do! I can be an evidence for that, I stay 20 years in LTTE area they never bombed to people we always run against government sell and aircraft. when i was 12 years old, I lost my 12 School met in one bombed witch is spot to my school. this can be a small sample.

    5. Niv says:

      At least SL gov has rejected this by saying this is fake.You fool saying speaking in tamil? End of the day both you and gov are taking about the different videos which was edited after aired on c4. Always watch the originals, Don’t again violate the copy rights same as HR violations.

    6. British Lankan says:

      I also find it hard to believe that the Tigers have suddenly become weak humanitarians aswell. Seriously?

    7. Mahin Rajap Tamil says:

      Mr Thinker
      Tell me honestly if this video is proven genuine to you, perticularly, will you then atleast condemn these offenders. I bet, No you will not but you will find some other points.

    8. Lankan Thinker says:

      To everyone who responded to my comment – I agree that an investigation is needed. My point is that it needs to be an even handed one, that tests the veracity of every piece of evidence – be it against the government or against the LTTE.

      @ Boateng – I don’t know if the video is manipulated, but it seems the AFP were sufficiently happy to include it in their news feed.

      @ Mahin Rajap Tamil – Yes, I totally condemn those who carried out the acts shown in the videos. But the identity of those responsible remains to be proven.

      To be clear, I *don’t* want to absolve the GoSL of responsibility for any crimes that were committed by the armed forces. However, I also object to people who minimise the LTTEs culpability for what happened.

    9. Thilini says:

      http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2011/06/twelve-army-soldiers-in-channel-4-video.html

      This is an article from a Sri Lankan newspaper. The government has identified TWELVE of the army soldiers in the video. Sooooo, even the government are acknowledging that this happened…but of course, they aren’t going to prosecute them. No no, because that would be admitting that they did something wrong.

  9. Ordinary man says:

    Through the C4, world will know what did happen to the tamils in Sri Lanka. World has to answer.

  10. Sunil Ranasinghe says:

    we can watch films, but problem is who will funish to the sloughers, UNO or other international institution have any avenue to do this, we Sri Lankans support to them,

    nomad poet

    1. M R Tamil says:

      It is very simple. Tamils will never give up their right in Sri Lanka. It is only some power hungry politicians are playing the game. Lord Buddha will be succesful one day, enlightenning the Sinhalese. Don’t you thing Tamils need land then.

  11. Mudplugger says:

    The old saying that ‘History Is Written By The Winners’ is at last being challenged by the open developments of the digital era.
    There is no doubt that in almost all past conflicts, all sides committed attrocities (yes, including us), but many were written out of the annals, which then only featured the sins of the defeated.
    This may prove to be one of the most significant benefits of the digital age, especially if potential transgressors take heed of the Sri Lanka (and Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain etc.) examples to avoid being held personally accountable for their misdeeds after the event.

  12. tiww12 says:

    well-done channel 4 for taking the lead and excellent journalism. This is another addition to your continued excellence in unbiased non-partial jounalisam
    This where other broadcaster particularly the BBC has been poor and failing and have to lot of catching upto get their standard up to the level of channel 4( particularly BBC is extremely poor considering all the licence fees been paid to them a sad failing by bbc, perhaps bbc can take the gov of sri-lankas side and represent them throw bbc-Sinhalese service)

    1. bharath says:

      You are right. The violence started and perpetrated on the Tamils since 1950’s is well documented. The days of Janata Vimukthi Perumuna ( JVP) when the extreme Sinhalese tortured and killed their own race is also well documented. The violence is the creation of the Srilankan Govenment and the Sinhala majority. I do not agree with you on the body counts. It is easy to blame the LTTE as everyone died/killed after Surrendering ( may in captivity somehwere). But the proof is there for everyone to see how how POW, women, patients and children were killed. If the SL government was just in it is action,why did they ask the UN to leave? Why are they denying access to the camps? Why no news is emerging about the IDP? What happened is a Genocide, nothing less.

  13. Gowry says:

    First of all I would like to thank C4 for their great support. Tamils suffered in the hands of Sinhalese since 1956. But no one in the world cared. Tamils have seen and experienced all evil possible; bombings, shootings, killings, rapes, etc. This is the first time world is going to see the Sinhalese dark side. Sinhalese always claim and (somehow) portrayed LTTE as terrorists. If anyone can properly count number of Tamils killed since 1956 and Sinhalese killed since 1983 (after LTTE was born), he or she will easily realise who the actual terrorists are. SRI LANKAN SINHALA POLITICIANS AND ARMED FORCES ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS/BARBARIANS/THUGS. C4, please help Tamils to live an independent and dignified life.

  14. Thamizhini says:

    I don’t know how to be grateful to Channel4 as you give us, tamils, a ray of hope. UN! please wake up and make the sinhala government let the tamils live in peace with rights.

  15. David Joseph says:

    “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” – Edmund Burke

    As we hear and see the magnitude of violence perpetrated against fellow human beings, one often wonders, weather there is hope for justice beyond the geopolitical interests and global corporate profiteering.

    John, it is consoling to know, that there is still an iota of goodness left amongst us, humans. Thank you for being humane towards humanity.

    All that is needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.

    Indeed, you are making history. That what had been a hidden history in the past , is now becoming the true history of the future.

  16. sakthy says:

    well done channel 4… we are really thanks for this work.. thank you

  17. GypsyOwl says:

    Today C4 is challenging the free world to show its conscience. Will it take up the challenge?
    If it doesn’t there’s no hope for justice to the oppressed world over. It will be proven beyond doubt that the ‘west’ is not truly interested in Human Rights and its desire for justice is ‘selective’. UN and the ‘free world’ will lose any legitimacy when they cry for justice elsewhere.
    Ban Ki Moon has already lost his credibility as an impartial head of UN. The responsibility is now on the free world to boot him out. A new system has to be developed to decide who sits on councils and who will be able to Veto. Sri Lanka sitting on Human Rights Council and sending peace keeping force is simply a farce.
    Wake up…. Free World!!
    Thank you Channel4 and Well Done!

  18. manohar says:

    Dear Jon, hmmmm…Just wanted to express my gratitude to you , but truely feeling in-capable of putting that in words ! If only ,I could see you in person ,I just want to cry in your hands.., Channel 4 and you , will remain as part of the Tamil history forever .

  19. Akila says:

    Because of Tamil Tiger Terrorists all communities lives in this country suffered.. They carried out numerous suicide bombings targeting innocent civilians.. Why no one talk about those.? One of those attacks killed half of my school baseball team.. C4 werent even aware of it.. so whats this new found great responsibility? whats the real motive behind it?

    1. Sams123 says:

      Akila, LTTE is an organization while the SL govt is an elected govt. The govt needs to be accountable since it is legitimate and have access to power, finace and weapons in any corner in the world.

      Also if we study the SL history, the LTTE is a bi-product of SL state terrorrism. Since 1948, successive SL govts violently suppressed so many non violenet protests by Tamils, and supported ethnic progroms against Tamils without any opposition until the LTTE was born in the 1970s.

      So you are correct to say all communities suffered after LTTE was born, but the Tamils were suffering long before then. After 2009, after the defeat of LTTE, just the Tamils are suffering again, and the SL govt needs to be put in line and made responsible for its crimes.

    2. FiX says:

      no its actualy because of Sri lankan Gov all communites lives in this country suffered … when people refused to be opressed just Label them Terrorists and commit Genoside problem solved right…wow

    3. charu says:

      You know one thing Akila you just lost half of your baseball team, it may be an accident, they may not target people, they always target Politicians, that is not even acceptable.

      But in 1995 Sri lankan government aircraft destroyed whole school witch in Nagargovil/Jaffna by 2 Aircraft bomb.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagerkovil_school_bombing
      I don’t thing they can be much evidence on internet for that. It was in BBC tamil news that. What you about to say. you want us to be silent who was in that sport?

    4. Lankan Girl says:

      Well done Akila. Colombo was continuously bombed during the war. Channel 4, can’t you remember?? Tamil terrorists are NOT the same as decent Tamils either. Many of whom i know for a fact where coerced into giving money to the LTTE, through fear that their families in Sri Lankan would be brutalised! Channel 4 why don’t you look into that as well?!

    5. AJ says:

      Baseball team in Srilanka? I never heard such attacks.

    6. Niv says:

      if they carried out suicide mission, wasn’t that a reason listed as terrorist? so now for SL gov? shall v list as terrorist and criminal next to gadaffi?

    7. RhysStevenson says:

      Why are you comparing the actions of an internationally proscribed terrorist organisation with those of a state army?

      Also, I’ve found no accounts to date of members of the LTTE filming themselves raping bound women before executing them and kicking their dead bodies. If such accounts or footage emerged, there would be equal outrage I can assure you.

    8. Thamilar says:

      Akila, do your home work first. Study the history starting before independance. Read about standardisation, 1983 riots in Colombo…if Tamils would have given and trated equally ….nothing would have happend. Wait for the justice …..

    9. Akila says:

      @sams123 – One important fact most of the diaspora and others ignore is most than 50% of the Tamils lives in South with rest of the community. Where they do their businesses and prosper. Therefore, “suppression” you talk about is invalid here. If you really want to analyse Ethnic problem you have to start it from pre-independence times. If you believe it or not Tamils were the favored lot with all colonials. They use Tamils to suppress Majority Sinhalese.. Obviously after independence Tamils lost some of that favoritism and got hurt. Hence seeds of ethnic conflict started to grow. I blame Tamils for starting it..

      @FiX- Really That’s your comment..?? Very amateurish isn’t it.. ??

      @Charu – Wow.. you think this is an accident ?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Fort_Railway_Station_Bombing
      According to you all LTTE attacks are “accidents” and whatever done by SLA is intentional..? We all know LTTE ran most of their black tiger bases in schools and hospitals.. That’s a proven FACT..

      @AJ – Refer to following link please,
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Fort_Railway_Station_Bombing

      @Niv – Your point is not clear…

    10. Akila says:

      @RhysStevenson – Where did I compare..?

      My point all along was since LTTE carried out barbaric and cowardly attack on Sri Lankan citizens, As a democratically elected Govt, Govt had to take Military action against LTTE after all the peace talks failed.. FYI, please check the link for all attacks LTTE carried out again innocent civilians,

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

      LTTE never fought for rights of the Tamil people.. Instead they used Tamil people to build an criminal organization to make a living..

      @Thamilar – FYI mate I know my history.. In fact I have studied history of Sri Lanka from pre-historic age.. Therefore, I know what has happened all along in this country. To understand the problem you have to look beyond ’83 riots and way beyond post/pre independence. Please refer the comments I made to “Sam123”.

  20. Mathan says:

    Thank you channel4 for doing a justice for those 40,000 killed. UN had failed to protect those tamil people despite Tamils around the world had protested in world capitals. asking world leaders to stop the genocide in srilanka.
    what people have to remember is Srilanka not just committed warcrime. it have been committing genocide against tamil people for three decade. in 1980’s,1990’s and 2000’s it had committed genocide against tamils.
    UN must investigate!!
    there are 150,000 tamils are unaccounted for since 2009. srilankan government have removed 300,000 names from the 2009 voting lists last month indicating the death toll.

    what many journalist do not know is that srilanka wanted to kill the entire people that were traped inside the zone that is why it had told the world that there are only 60,000 people in the area when half a million people were there. it had cornered them to a open land and planed to shell them to death.
    it only stoped the killings after the satellite pictures were released showing hundreds of thousands people.

    there is no doubt srilankan government will start a hate campaign against channel4 , srilanka succeeded in stoping BBC by its hate campaign.

  21. dizzydixi says:

    Where does one draw the line, between getting the message across and feeding a world wide addiction to real life horror? You tube is full of horror and terrorists love it, this is just another high for them, and no, it wont change anything, as Adrian Clarke pointed out. We see too much “in your face horror” and if it hasn’t already, it soon will, become so common place, it will lose any impact it intended ….. Good intentions so easily become misplaced.

    1. Billy says:

      Lets just keep the horror stories behind doors; why upset peaceful existence by showing such real life horrors! As long as we are fine why bother with these things!

    2. margaret brandreth-jones says:

      @ dizzydixi.. I am not sure that the general public are ‘numbed’ by the atrocities. As you and Jon comment there are those who collected evidence as trophies to their violence and will be delighted for the exposure. The matter at hand though is how the world will react to that dispeakable delight.

      I am optimisitc that this form of cyber communication is at least a start to highlight world wide issues and help, at least, contain those wo think it is their right to destroy life for their own twisted ends.

    3. Isabel Pov says:

      dizzidixi Such atrocities against humanity will never be common place, since the concentration camps in the second world war we have been witnessing such crimes, and they have never became common! And they never will, as its not something you see everyday when you go about to do your shopping or go to work. These are real people, real lifes taken away in the most horrific form, and no matter how many times I see it, and I have seen a lot it will never common place to me, and too many others. If it was there would be no NU, RED CROSS AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL or documentaries like these. Other people’s rights being taken away, while we live cosy little confortable lifes, that can never be coomom place. Wake up.

  22. Advance Level student says:

    Hello, I’am a Advance Level student in sri lanka.In my school days I lost my father & grand ma ,they were caught for the bomb blast in colombo.so is this the way how LTTE is going to give the freedom for Tamils,by hurting others.No one knows about the situation prevail in our country during 2002,2003,2004,2005,2006.we are very affraid of our lifes.

    1. Billy says:

      But you are alive and well; 40,000 parished in May 2009; do you have any regard in this respect? The LTTE killed; GOSL killed; now there needs to be an investigation and why are you against it?

    2. roger says:

      You forgot to mention that you are a Sinhalese Advanced Level student.

      You have just divided your nation more and the problem WILL not go away.

    3. jeyaseelan says:

      It’s the bad brainless Sri lankan army’s fault that they caught your older grand ma for the bomb blast! How the sri lankan army thought that your grandma could be a reason to the bomb blast???

    4. Pacifist says:

      Billy, i don’t think A-Level student is dimissing what happened to the innocent tamils, but he is trying to highlight the fact that the terrorists did kill innocent victims in Colombo.

    5. atchtha says:

      Don’t say lie as advanced level student. World has recognized our advanced level exam. so don’t spoil that.

  23. rajh says:

    well done channel 4… we are really thanks for this work.. thank you

  24. niksan says:

    well done channel 4… we are really thanks for this work.. thank you

  25. aju says:

    Some of pple asking why this time c4 going to telecast?
    I can tel: IF NOT NEVER IN FUTURE !
    TRUE WILL MAKE HISTORY

  26. Wikramabahu says:

    The humanity feels sense of relive and proud of your work Ch4. I would like to thank Jon Snow and the Ch4 team for bring light to the truth and justice.
    There are so many human rights activist born on this planet up until today, but some of the became prominent and take the status as teacher, lord and eventually god. Lord Buddha is one of whom the world and the Buddhists see as a person who voiced for humanity and teaches goods to make this world as a peaceful place to live in. By watching Ch4 documentary tonight every Sinhalese who truly love Lord Buddha and Buddhism should give their support to the humanity by asking their respective Member of Parliament to setup a UN War Crime tribunal on Sri Lanka. This way we can restore the dharma that Lord Buddha preaches to us. Also, our Tamils brothers and sisters can live peacefully in their homeland after more than 60 years of harassments by our nation.

  27. muraliragunathan says:

    united nation this is for you? if you feel this is human rights violation ? what is your reply please?

    all the human being is wathing you? in the all world .your reply?

    to be respected to a human and all the world is wathching you.

  28. Tony says:

    I would like to how many successful asylum seekers have returned to Sri Lanka on holidays? These figures are very high in Canada where info is easily available The largest number of overseas Sri Lankan buying houses in Sri Lanka are tamils ex pats. How does this fit in with atrocities reported in your programme?

  29. Humanity says:

    Dear Channel 4,
    I have been following up actively in your work to bring light into the lives of many Srilankan Tamils who have been severely affected by the civil war which prevailed for almost three decades.

    Just for you to know a bit about me, myself Praviinaa Raviraj, from Srilanka a civilian belonging to the minority in Srilanka(Tamils). I am currently in the UK pursuing higher education in the University of Warwick, studying law in my first year. The war did have a great impact on me though I was born and brought up in Colombo, the commercial capital. My dad a former member of the Parliament representing the North was assassinated just a few yards from my home. He was a person who fought against violence and suppression. I am saying this not as his daughter but as a civilian from srilanka. Though there is a general concept in Srilanka and the rest of the tamil, Sinhala speaking societies that he was working in line with the LTTE, it was NOT so.

    Please watch the link I have attached here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxSJl_y1g-w
    My dad is dead and gone. But what he fought for trying to speak in Sinhala and voice out to the majority to his bestest abilities has not yet bee

  30. Humanity says:

    People need to stop talking about what has happened and need to start think about what to do next?
    im not against the GOVT, but im against the the concept of human right violation.
    The President and the government should be be scrutinized for their acts

  31. Jacs says:

    I am mixed raced: Tamil, Sinhalese, Burger and Scottish. I must admit that I am too scared to express my real feelings about this huge issue that has ruined the country. For those who haven’t been in Colombo, there is a lot of censorship and control over news reporting, TV programs, radio and Internet.
    Srilanka is one of the most beautiful places in the world and home to some of the most civilised people in the world. However being civilised goes out the window when “race and ethnicity” is brought to the forum. As a child I have experienced some horrible things that have left me with mental scars for life.
    This issue will never be fixed and justice will never be done. There are thousands of Tamil people missing, most probably because they have been murdered. Tamils will never be equal anywhere in the world and this is the grim reality we must face. I for one take heart in the fact that there are other Tamils in this world and we all have each other and the same heartaches. We must emulate the Jewish people of Germany and what they have done in their history. But unlike you I am will never hate on another man over some petit and futile differences.

  32. spaniel-lover says:

    Look: Britain is full up, we have housing shortages, we have unemployment, people are being refused NHS treatment; we do not have room for thousands of Sri Lankans or anybody else for that matter. I was recently removed from my local council’s housing waiting list after 16 years on it – with no offer of a home; I cannot afford to buy my own place. I moved from an area that had been ruined by immigration, Tamils inparticular were a nuisance – they were rioting in the streets & running extortion rackets through the local shops (and this was reported in the local press, I’m not making it up); I’m so glad to be now in a relatively immigrant-free area – but how long can it stay this way? The UKBA is way too lenient – stop trying to portray them as strict when they’re nothing of the sort!

    1. Human says:

      Sure, understand your pain but imagine if you are forced to flea your country of origin to arrive in a foreign land with nothing what would you do?! People reached where ever they were able to enter and some of them would have gone through hell to settle with the cultural & communication barriers.
      Now, how could you contribute/ help them have decent life back there, making the appropriate sounds to stop such brutal actions by Sri Lanka’s ruling regime ever again against it’s people who were initially divided & ruled by the British for nearly 100 years called Ceylon. You could be part of the change for the better then there won’t be anymore refugees.
      Ch4 need to represent the Tamils at the UN.

  33. Sam says:

    Thank you C4 showing the World the truth…

  34. Mohan Vasantharasan says:

    Fianlly some light for the people in the darkness of the worlds vision…Thanks

  35. ordinary level says:

    i think that the government in Sri lanka should confront what is the cold hard truth in front of them and stop this from happening in the future as to me it seems like another holocoust were the victims are tamils.
    secondly i think that their government should stop denying the authenticy of this video and start looking for the people who actually did this as the people who shot the video are being terrorists.

  36. Rosey says:

    I hope after watching this documentary that the human being will give a good solution for the people who suffered. This solution may lead to racial harmony in Sri Lanka

  37. G Kumar says:

    Thank you for shedding light on the Sri Lanka’s hidden truth. These kinds of atrocities are norm in Sri Lanka, it is happening since the independence of Sri Lanka in 1948. The rulers of this island always want to deceive any outsiders (and its own people). Majority of the Sri Lankan civil society must be ashamed of its self, because it not only allowed these murders but also defends it.

    Hope this documentary is not only a wakeup call for UN and World, but also for the greater Sri Lankan Society.

  38. RAVI says:

    Truth is coming out at last. All the Tamils protested to prevent the massacre. But nobody listened. Since the independence Tamils are suffering at the hands of various SriLanka Governments.

  39. Jamel says:

    Today the World will be come to know SRI Lanka???????

  40. Jamel says:

    SRI LANKAN TAMIL’S LIKE THE CHANNEL 4. THE TRUTH IS COMING TO THE WORLD TONIGHT. THANKS FOR CHANNEL4.

  41. Srivanam Muttu says:

    “The truth shall make us all free”. Thanks to Jon Snow and Channel4 TV for throwing the spotlight on what has been a long running internal governance problem replete with abominable violence and counterviolence but when it attains bestiality and barbarity of stupendous proportions then international help like the Channel 4 film and laws have to come to the rescue to restore justice and rule of law in the 21st century.

  42. Del Morris says:

    I hope this broadcast will be a wake up call for the international community.

  43. Ruthra says:

    Well done C4…the tamils are waiting to watch this…and hope the World will act…otherwise this is only a temporary respite…as the source of the conflict is hundreds of years in the making….

  44. Experienced ........ says:

    Hello Jon, I saw your Channel 4 News programme about the Tamils to be deported. The programme complained that the Tamils were being sent back and were afraid of reprisals by the Sri Lanka government. I can tell you that the Home Office would never give personal details of any asylum seeker to any government, least of all, to one that a person claimed to be fleeing from. BUT, I must point out that when you showed a copy of the deportation order, it gave the flight number, so the Sri Lankan government will now know where to be in wait for the deportees (if they’re interested, which I doubt). Your programme made a great error with showing that information.
    The media always get immigration matters wrong and the pertinent questions are never asked. Did you know that Tamil refugees were always offered a very safe haven in India, right on their door step ? These questions need to be asked.
    Finally, you may note from this message that it isn’t written by a layman ….. I am very ‘EXPERINCED’ in immigration matters. Feel free to contact me through my e-mail address if you wish ….. The media really do need guidance on how to pursue these immigration matters, Best wishes.

    1. British Lankan says:

      You are so right! Scare mongering is what perpetuates organisations such as the BNP, National Front etc… Again, the media is to blame for this.

  45. Tomo Suzuki says:

    Dear John,

    Truly shocking. Did the West and international organisations know about these killings, and did nothing? Then we are as inhumane as those who were shooting. Shame on me.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Yours,

    Tomo

  46. Faisal says:

    I am astonished at the lack of action by the UN. It is shocking to think that atrocities on this scale can be committed in todays age.
    Well done Channel four,for bringing this information to the rest of the world, keep up the good work!!

  47. jeggsie says:

    Just saw the report… I have no words. Just to say that the international community must do something and bring those that did these things to justice. This is not war! This is killing and rape and pillage on a terrible scale. To target hospitals is beyond imagination. I had thought that such killing ended after the 2nd world war when we saw the extermination of the Jews for some idealist madness. The world stays the same! So many hotspots where killing goes on! Where will it all end? We have to bring to justice all who would go against all international laws of war. I find it all very distressing.

  48. Martin Fisher says:

    Well done Channel 4, for impeccable news reporting achieved by this British broadcasting landmark. It’s a work of journalistic brilliance.

  49. Karthik says:

    Thank you channel 4 and to the people at channel for who wanted to address this issue in Sri lanks. We all tamils all around the world appreciate the support from you.

    Hope fully now people can open their eyes and see what has been happenin to the Tamil kind, atleast now the UN will open their eyes regards to this matter.

    Thank you once again

  50. Sarangan says:

    To dear overseas brothers. Tamils did not live peacefully under LTTE. The misery was everywhere. In Melbourne, you felt proud to say you were ‘fighting’ for the Tamils. In Sri Lanka, our children were taken from us to fight for ‘the cause’. We allowed the girls to get pregnant to avoid force recruitment, our university teachers were killed or had to flee, when we catch fish or grow vegetables, we have to give ‘the boys’ most of it. That was not peace. Now you are trying to bring our nightmares back again. If you were there, and you felt what we felt, talk, otherwise stay in Melbourne and live without making our life worse.

  51. Sandra says:

    Most shocking and disgusting evidence I have ever seen of the most evil work done to humanity. I will never forget what I have seen tonight. The most beautiful women destroyed in such an horrific manner. Send the criminals down .

  52. Nick says:

    In this day and age ie. 21st century with the information and communication networks in the world, this sort of thing should not be allowed by the interntional community. I have just come back from the Middle East and they are still practicing slavery there. The world must stop this exploitation and carnage that humans do to one another.

  53. Mohamed Imtthiyas says:

    Chanel 4, Can u pls telecast what is happening in Iraq, Afganisthan, Libiya? Are they people haven’t human rights or there not human being. First world must furnished to UK and USA for breaking human rights. They are the savagest people in the world.

  54. bala says:

    Once again Thank you very much for channel4 only tv station showing all the truth about srilanka.
    UN and international community didn’t help for these oppressed tamil people but John snow and the team showed the truth.
    Once again thank your very much all your effort

  55. Sajinth Jegan says:

    Thank you so much for showing a planned murder and how dangerous it is in Sri Lanka. The president should be punished for this unacceptable moves that he done. There ia no excuse for killing a Hugh majority of Tamil people. I am only 16 but i was born in Sri Lanka, i have witnessed shelling. I have seen how Tamil people cry when they relatives have passed away. Sri Lanka government had support from China and Iran to kill innocent Tamil civilians. What did UN do when Libya had a war they helped them and stopped the libyan civilians getting hurt. There is a huge contrast between libyan acting and Sri lankans action. I am very pleased with channel 4 for doing Tamil people a huge favor, and justice must be done for this bloody war crime. Thank you so much!

  56. David Loud says:

    Unfortunately in times of war civilians on all sides suffer, however there is a concioussness is all of us that fundamentally tells you what is right and wrong.

    What I have witnessed tonight might be thought of by many as a one sided opinion of the events in Sri Lanka. I only view it as pure evil and shows the world humanity at it’s absolute worst.

    The politicians of the civilised world and in particular the UN should hang their heads in shame at allowing such attrocities to take place. May God forgive those that are in a position of power to intervene for the sake of humanity but chose not to – for those politicians, stop the sound bites and waffle and for once in your pathetic ivory tower existence make a differnce to ensure this cannot happen again no matter where in the world this behaviour takes place.

  57. CG says:

    Mr. Snow, it would be great if such programmes made SOME effort, perhaps at the end, to let the watching public know what they themselves can actually do to influence whether or not war crime prosecutions will take place.
    Phrases like ‘bring pressure to bear’, ‘public outcry’, ‘reaction of the world’, ‘highlight the issues’ and so on are all very well, but how does the general outraged populace actually DO something about these issues? In real terms. Unfortunately, similarly shocking issues have been highlighted through similar programmes in the past ….. after an initial reaction, the momentum fades and everyone forgets about it. What do you suggest everyone DOES? (I respect the fact that your job is to get the facts out there, but your blog above shows that you do actually care and want this to effect change – so, how?)

  58. Anonymous Apoplectic says:

    After watching the programme, it seeme to me that the Sri Lankan forces language betrayed the true view of the Tamils as their “state property”. It is also a damning indictment of the UN-security council. Why is there consistently a lack of backbone and morality within the UN. Was Bosnia not enough of a shock to wake these imbeciles up? To my mind, the UN should consider disbanding itself, as it is an entirely toothless and useless organisation which consistently fails to uphold it’s most basic tenets. The scenes just witnessed would be horrific enough were they the first example of a UN unwilling to stand up for civilians but it seems to me to be utterly unconscionable and fury inducing that it has allowed it to happen again after the horros of the Balkans. When are these stupid idiots going to realise never to trust any military regime. It’s so horrific because it’s such basic playground behaviour needing little or no intelligence to see through that the UN is run by a bunch of morons who couldn’t tie their own shoes without falling over. Utterly pathetic, and shameful.

  59. Gary says:

    sorry to say,no oil,no u.s.a so england as normal dont do f.a… now we no why all goverments keep it quiet because there is nothing they want from sri lanker,plus its cheaper to keep quiet,sorry i did,nt no about it because they only want to show what they want you to see on t.v

  60. Eelam Tamil says:

    Thanks a lot to Channel4 and John Snow. Well done. This will not only help Tamils in Srilanka but also all the other oppressed nationalities in the world. I wonder why the word GENOCIDE was not used.

  61. charu says:

    I don’t know how to be thankful to channel 4 to making such a wonderful documentary. hope this will make our voices alloweder. Thank you Jon.

    At least now world will support to our voices.

  62. Channel4ISBiased says:

    You should be ashamed of yourselves making this programme. Channel 4, stop pandering to the crowd and trying to support the “underdog”. It is only the ignorant who do not know how high your motives for making this programme go.

    The Tamil Tigers were the most ruthless, organised and vicious terrorist faction since the inception of the idea of terrorism. Your programme barely even addressed the 25 years of suffering and torture they caused to Sri Lanka. Why didn’t you show those videos? There is plenty of REAL evidence, not speculation, of the crying and maimed Sinhalese for the countless suicide bombs they endured.

    Any war will have civilian casualties. This programmes ia prime example of how the West will always try to divide the minorities. Why can Sri Lanka not attempt to rid itself of a terrorist threat? Is the West the only people who are allowed to do so?

    Now because of what you have shown you will further increase racial tensions between Tamils and Sinhalese in Britain and mainly London. Racial attacks will take place simply because of the manner you presented your “facts”. Enjoy paying more taxes for the police and the ambulance services to deal with the mess you created

    1. British Lankan says:

      Well done for highlighting how this will now impact on innocent British Sri Lankans most of whom have nothing to do with what’s going on in a country they’ve never lived in!

    2. S Ratnam (not an LTTE Supporter) says:

      C4 never condemmend the SL war with LTTE. Every one with brain in them will understand that. It only brought to attention of the barbaric, inhuman, uncivilised acts of the Govenment and its forces. You will see that the justice will prevail.

    3. margaret brandreth-jones says:

      It’s a good piece of reporting .. good for C4 a money maker and an attention drawer,good for the business and good for Jon , but the ‘spin offs’ could be world-mending and different culture- caring.

  63. Christopher Pearson says:

    I am absolutely disgusted at what I have seen. How can a state act in such a brutal way and how has the international community just stood by and watched. This was barbaric murder of people which has severely disturbed and angered me. Please how can we help bring the perpetrators to justice? I feel physically sick.

    1. FIONA says:

      Do your research about what and how the LTTE killed sinhala and muslim and their own innocent tamil people before commenting or comming to conclusion on a bias documentry LIKE THIS..

  64. nsjeevan says:

    Genocide Definition
    UN Convention (Article II) states that genocide includes the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in [substantive] part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group:
    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in [substantive] part.
    The Contracting Parties (including US, Britain, Canada, etc) confirmed that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish. They can refer a case of genocide to the International Court of Justice for further investigation.

    Acts of Genocide by Sri Lankan State against Tamils – Brief Summary
    (i) Military attacks deliberately targeting Tamil civilians
    Civilians have been deliberately herded and targeted in large numbers, from 1990s to the present. Below are examples – one in 1995 and the other in 2009 – which are just two of many, many such instances.
    “After hundreds of civilians heed the Sri Lankan army’s advice to seek refuge in St.Peter’s church at Navali [in Jaffna], an airforce plane bombs the building killing more than 120 people” – Time, July 31st 1995
    “Sri Lankan health officials say at least 30 people were killed [on Jan 22nd 2009] when the military shelled a village and a makeshift hospital in the country’s north. The officials say the shelling occurred within a government-declared safe zone.” – VOA, January 22nd 2009
    Herding civilians into an area and attacking them is an act of genocide as per Article II (a), (b), (c). Counter terrorism is not a mitigant, as vast majority of victims can reasonably be expected to be Tamil civilians.

  65. nsjeevan says:

    The Sri Lankan government has destroyed all hospitals in the war zone killing and maiming hundreds of Tamil civilians. All civilians in the area have now been deprived of basic medical care. This is more than just a war crime. As it can be reasonably expected that most, if not all, of those killed, injured or deprived of treatment will be Tamil civilians, it is an act of genocide, as per Article II (a), (b), (c).
    “During the fighting in 2009, the few hospitals that exist in LTTE-controlled areas have repeatedly come under artillery attack. This has added immeasurably to the suffering of individuals who have sought help in medical facilities, already horribly overcrowded and dangerously short of medical personnel, equipment, and supplies before the attacks.”– Human Rights Watch, Feb 24th 2009

    Up to mid April 2009, the Sri Lankan forces claimed that less than 50,000 civilians were in the war zone while the UN estimated about 100,000 to 190,000. According to local Tamil sources, the area held 330 000 civilians prior to the military attack. This is evidence that the Sri Lankan government does not want to be held accountable for the lives of between 50,000 to 280,000 Tamils civilians. This is evidence of intent to kill a substantive part of the Tamil population. It is therefore genocide, as per Article II (a).
    “If by tomorrow noon we hear that 90,000 people manage to escape to the government-controlled areas, the government would assume that everyone who remains in the [LTTE-controlled] area is an LTTE cadre and thus fair game, which we don’t believe is true,” – Human Rights Watch, April 20th 2009
    Up to mid April 2009, Sri Lankan forces claimed that the LTTE numbered less than five hundred and that they were hiding behind about 50,000 (UN estimates between 100,000 to 190,000) civilians in densely populated villages. This is a ratio of 100 Tamil civilians to 1 Tamil Tiger, using the Sri Lankan government’s own estimates. When Sri Lankan forces attack indiscriminately, deploying artillery, bombs and rockets (see boxed reports below), about 100 Tamil civilians could be hit before a Tamil Tiger is hit. This is genocide – as per Article II (a), (b), (c) – disguised as counter-terrorism, as in Sudan/Darfur.

  66. rule britania says:

    fuming as any man with any morals should be ,, where was are un where were the so calle world peace yanks ,,, these dogs should be put down like dogs

  67. Roshni says:

    I have just watched this documentary and have been left almost speechless. I have a strong mix of confused emotions but one thing is clear, I would like to become involved with anything that can help deliver justice that is so badly needed. This cannot be ignored, please let me know how I can help

  68. Isabel Pov says:

    I can only pray for the 40.000 people who have lost their lifes in such a brutal way and can only imagine the horror experienced in their last days. Im shock by what I saw tonight. It will not be forgotten.

  69. NotTheEnd says:

    These criminals are still at large and more crimes will occur in government occupied areas. Rape, murder and abuse.

  70. David Turner says:

    A lot of the comments posted seem to be missing the point that under international law the deliberate shelling of civillians, the shelling of hospitals and the execution of prisioners, which were all shown in tonights powerful documentary, are war crimes no matter which side commits them, and as such should be fully investigated. Yes, no doubt atrocities were carried out by both sides but which is worse ? the atrocities of a ‘terrorist group’ or the atrocities of an alleged civilized government ?
    But I wouldn’t count on the UN for any action whatsoever. It failed in Bosnia and it is failing in the ‘arab spring’, while Libya is targeted and its leaders persuid by the international court of justice, what about Syria and Bahrain ? So why would Sri Lanka be any different ?
    The original UN charter should be ripped up and thrown away and the entire toothless organization dismantelled and replaced with something that actually gives a damn and is prepared to do something there and then without waiting for weeks as innocents are slaughtered as it debates this and that, only for a single country to destroy any meaningful resolution with a veto.
    Mr Snow and C4, thank you for caring

    1. Sri Lankan says:

      Mr David,
      You should surely heard the word SRI LANKA after 2009. Of course according to your reasoning UN should be dismantled way before, since LTTE has been killing sinhalese, tamils and muslims for almost 30 years and UN was sleeping all along. Most importantly when their suicide attacks targeting school childern, monks, politicians (presidents,priminister,etc) regardless of their ethnicity. I wonder why My david and all these sympathizers only talking about the last moment which defeated the LTTE.

  71. Mr T says:

    A big thank you for showing the world the true colours of Srilanka.

    Hope and pray justice will be done to the Tamils by the international community.

  72. Maharjan says:

    Dear Jon Snow,

    I watched your programme about the killing fields in Sri-lanka. I just started somewhere in the middle. I do not have courage to go back to your beginnning. I have seen how you have ended your report. It is really disturbing to me. I had the same question in my mind that as to what was UN doing when the innocent children, men and women were slaughtered as they do in slaughter house.Thanks very much to you and BBC for bringing up this matter and made available for everyone to watch it.

  73. tamilan says:

    great job ……. well done .. Thank you channel 4 … thank you very much …

  74. THATU says:

    mr.john snow of ch4 thank u for bringing the real srilankan killing field issue to the international audiance.be it ltte or srilanken army killing is unacceptable lets have a independant international investication.SRILANKA WHAT ARE YOU AFFRAID OF. THANK U MR.SNOW.

  75. Sandra says:

    Why haven’t u put my comment up? Is there a twitter or Facebook page?

  76. dean says:

    before this film was aired I didn’t know how bad the people had suffered there. Its great that it has now been showed but we, the British people, need to act!! by demanding that are own government force the UN to look into these horrific and terrible acts!!! spread the word so we can bring these people to justice!!

    1. Thaveesha says:

      dear dean, if you are a sri lankan only you will know what kind of atrocites that we had to face because of LTTE over the past three deacdes. I’m afraid to say that C4 documetary is totally biased an unfair.
      One example is that throughout the Film JOn snow alleges that SL government shelled the hospitals, this is not at all true. why does the governement need to shell the very same people they try to rescue? This is totally LTTE propaganda, why? well because they knew at that time SL army was closing in so they needed to Stop it, in order to do this they created such false videos in the hopes that international community would stop the offensive of SL army. Mind if i remind you in year 2009 C4 showed another video, this was proved fake by the governemt weeks after.
      I’m not a governtment supporter, I’m just an ordinary sri lankan, and i too beieve the amount of civilian casualties were far high than government suggest.
      Bombing of temple of tooth relic, Killing 600 unarmed policeman in cold blood,Massacering people using machetes . We lost 70,000 civilians because of LTTE, Seen the execution videos of those tamil tigers as a human although i may be disgusted, i am not sad at all

  77. Deedee says:

    “Whether those responsible are brought to trial at the International Criminal Court, or at the Hague will in part depend upon the pressure from those who see this film upon their own politicians to support the ringing for charges.”

    Now, go and write to your MP again and again and again and again and again until they promise to support this, or else this film is nothing but an horrific memorial and one that will be allowed to be repeated not by governments, but by each and every one of us who were were left so stunned, we did nothing.

  78. Shanthanam says:

    Millions of thanks for Channel4.
    I have lost my only one sister by the srilanken government. Still I didn’t know, where is she? she lives untill 16th of May 2009 at Mullivaikkal in Mullaitivu. After that day we don’t know where is she.100 thousands of Tamil people were lost their family and family members like me.All responsibility for Srilankan government, srilankan president and president’s brothers.They are war criminals!! Please.. UNO don’t wait any more! Take an ACTION, PUNISH them, and SURVIVE innocent tamil people from the Srilankan(sinhala)government.

  79. tishokv says:

    These crimes against humanity must not go unpunished. The monsters responsible at the heart of the SL government must immediately be dragged in front of the International Criminal Court by the UN, to pay for the atrocities and war crimes they have allowed to occur. The UN must unanimously vote for a complete investigation into the allegations, which the C4 documentary has so brilliantly provided evidence for, just as they did for the situation in Libya so quickly. Action must finally be taken and the UN have the power to bring this justice.

  80. Tara Brown says:

    The channel 4 documentary is very bias to one side.There is always two sides to a story. The channel 4 news only highlights and re-iterates that all the shelling was done by the S.l army, what about the tamil tigers? where are the footage showing what tamil tigers did to s.l for more than 26years. its funny that channel 4 only got hold of videos of what the so called s.l army did. And also the woman talking in video, accounts were not consistent , i am not convinced what she is saying is entirely the truth. Anyway,next time channel 4 when your showing documentries like this try to show both sides actions in detail and not just one side and mention about few senteneces about the tamil tigers and portray an impartial view so that we as viwers can actually undertand the situation.Overall , it is a very bias documentary with no proper evidence gathered although the channel 4 is saying that they are authentic.

    1. British Lankan says:

      That was a very intelligent response to the documentary. I too was shocked when i watched it, but i now have a lot of unanswered questions. Journalism is always biased with the intention of evoking emotion. Tamils Tigers have spliter organisations around the world, they continuously attack innocent sinhalese businesses, one chain of businesses being owned by my cousin.

    2. Evie Murray says:

      All this post does is detract from the issue. It is not the side that matters, its the acts. What happened here is not okay. Bias reporting is completly irrelevant…. I wonder what motivates people to ignore such obvious brutal crimes and complain about media bias. Its bizarre and shows how removed you are from being real.

    3. British Lankan says:

      Evie, bias is ok? Really? What school did you go to? Did you even know Sri Lanka existed until you saw the documentary?

  81. julie says:

    I just watched c4 and was utterly shocked by what i had just seen im just a normal housewife and am ashamed to say have been oblivious to whats been happening in sri lanka i will be now be keeping interest into when an investigation will be and if there isnt one why not?

  82. Arul Nallapillai says:

    These disturbing footage shows that the Rajapakse Goverment cannot be trusted.The killing of more than 40000 civilians cannot be justified the revenge on LTTE should not be met out to innocent civilians,history will repeat if these people are not brought to justice.

  83. shame on us says:

    just seen the film Oh my god ! how the hell are we leting this happen on our planet.weve got to do something,IVE GOT TO DO SOMETING.Thank u channel 4

  84. Samuel says:

    Thank you Jon Snow for finally showing the world what really happened in SL. The prime minister should be standing with Ratko Mladic for war crimes . To have no justice for what has happened is a crime itself. Why aren’t there any investigations being conducted about this horrible genocide???

  85. Arvind R says:

    There is nothing to blame on anyone as all happened already.. but, but thinks happened can’t just be imagined. Killing your own people like ‘nothing’ cannot be acceptable. ppl who were doing this must be punished.
    All i’m just thinking is if im in that situation. in end of 2010 I was in jaffna and met many of these kids survived, managed to get away just loosing their arms, legs, eyes or else & the stories they tells to us can’t be even imaginable. & while they talking about the experience, I can see they all used to tell this to many ppl since 2009 & they never got anything fm anyone. those innocent ppl have decided they not going to get the justice. They are tired of this.
    And me was born there in 1985s, North part of jaffna town in mid 80s, and imagine all i have seen was war and bombings in my life till 1996, and even after that there was war in a diffrent way.. living in between both LTTE & SLArmy was the hectic one I have ever came across in my teen life.. & I would say there must be much worse thinks could have happened than this for sure.. & there ll be someone to bring them out in future.
    Till that a big emotional thanks to CH4 by heart & by the name of all of them died!!

  86. genocidesrilanka says:

    we thank you channel 4 to bring the war crimes committed to tamils by the evil country of the world and his singalese citizens

    again we thank channel 4 and its team

    1. British Lankan says:

      By his Sinhalese citizens? That’s a ridiculous comment. You’re obviously, unaware of all the high ranking army officers who are Tamil?

  87. Thaveesha says:

    As a sri lankan i would like to say this documentary mainly highlights the atrocities committed by the government. I would like to ask Jon Snow and C4 why did they fail to report the atrocities comitted by the LTTE? 3 years back I lost 8 School friends whom were caught to an LTTE suicide bomb at a colombo train station while they were on there way to a baseball tournament in central sri lanka.

    If my government has comitted crimes such as been highlighted in this documentary, then as a sri lankan I will be heartbroken/angered.

    lastly i will tell you why this doumentary may not have an impact at all as far as warcrimes inquiry is concerned.

    1. Anything brought up by US.UK to security council will be Vetoed by RUssia and china
    2. UNHCR doesn’t have the majority to initiate a trial on lanka
    3. The government of sri lanka has a mandate of more than 70% and the president won the recent election comprehensively, so a situation like the arab uprising is highly unlikely as both gov and president is very popular among the public.

    and please just note that SL is a developing country and don’t compare us to the likes of sudan/libiya, This programme doesn’t show the real side of sri lanka

  88. lin says:

    it is just my voice but the UN should have learned from the past and never left the innocent when they needed there help the most. the only thing that they can do now is try and ease the suffering of those that managed to survive, by making sure that the goverment and armies commander in chief is held accountable for there actions satalights can give real time video evidence if directed so much more can be done and should be done

  89. Puwanesh says:

    Hi hello Mr Adrian…. thank you man… you are really great…i naver forgate you till end of my life… you are opening the world’s eye… really im searching a new word to thanks to you… but i dont find it…. really you done a great job….once again im thanking you… thanking again behalf of tamileelam people…thanks by Roy

  90. Hmmmm says:

    What i find strange is how the mobile footage that was supposedly from the Sri Lankan army came into the hand of channel 4? Does anyone know?

    1. Thilini says:

      It is very simple…all you need to do give those soldiers a few rupees and you will get whatever you want. That is the basis of how things run in Sri Lanka. If you want people of a minority race killed, then pay people to do the job, then pay other people to say it didn’t happen and that videos like this are bogus.

      It’s all about survival of the fittest, and unfortunately the government has the money to pay people to do what they want ie. get rid of the Tamil population. Eventually, they will run the country into a massive debt and the truth will be revealed.

  91. mathu says:

    Thank u ch4 for doing this.two years ago we were in the street yelling for help, nobody heard us,now we have some hope because of u. thank u , thank a million from all the tamils

  92. ellaalan says:

    thank you channel 4 and it’s team to bring the war crimes of srilanka on tamils

  93. Rushdi rauf says:

    May i just ask what the tamils would gain from just putting such blame onto there own motherland, the same country that they were born in, they may have had bad memories and be living a good life in canada or england but i dont see the tamils gaining anything by protesting against their own country other than a bad name for their own country. Secondly why wouldnt you let a country like sri lanka develop, we are doing soo well compared to before 2010 best stock market growth for example. Whyhinder this positive growth with all this bad impacts in the media. It is obvious in war civilians will tend to die, and do not forget in the last stge the civilians were used as shields, if we did not do wat we did we might have prabakaran sitting in the prsdnts seat right now as a terrosist leader with a new plan saying india also blns to the eelam and fight for the land,you knever know. In tjere is absltly nthn you as a tamil who was affected even by the most influencial way by war would gain anythn by protesting agains warcrimes. Motherlanka will do well everyday. And specially for all those tamils who left there country and want to go back dont even tnink abt it u dnt blng there any more

  94. Ciawman says:

    @mathan well they didnt know exqctly how many because the ltte cadres were keeping civilians as human shields.its quite impressive how a guy like prabakaran who you call your thalaivan and god and all gave out cyanide or suicide poison to 6year old girls in assemblies but he never had one around his neck?was his intentions never to die? He stated that tamil ladies should not marry and his daughter married he said the tamils shouldnt study in schools but all his children went to university in i think england. And most of all the people in the north were suffering with no water while prabakaran had a pool in his backyard. So called leader. The tamils rebelled against him in the last stage when they knew he was a bad ruler,i am saying this because there are alot of fourigners and people who are unaware of the topic simple beleive the media i live in srilanka mathan u may have left lanka but i was there the day the war ended and i know every single bit of it.so dont try to pretend like all the blame is on the government.

  95. john says:

    The sri lankan government shouldnt be allowed to sweep this under the carpet like a dirty, perverse little secret, they should be brought out & answerable to the global community as to why they chose to target civilians rather then focus on an opposing military in legitimate terms. The U.N should also be asked what they where doing aswell as to allow these atrocities to happen to innocent civillians

  96. Thinker says:

    It must be noted that in the final onslaught, both sides were careful to use civilians as human shields. For balance, it cannot be forgotten that historically, Sinhalese civilians have been targeted by the LTTE and butchered in shooting rampages and bombings. These victims often including women and infants. The final days of the LTTE were typified by their cynical use of unarmed civilians as canon fodder in as much as the Sri Lankan Army had done the same.

  97. Ravin says:

    Guys i just want to say one think.TamilEeleam not a dream world. IT’s the place i lived,my parents live and thousands of years our ancestors lived.We just want to born freely, live freely,play freely and die freely in that place.what can be worng on this?That’s all we ask.If sinhala government is not really Discriminating tamils,we should see some improvement in north.Beccause past 16 year Jaffna was control by sinhala government.I belive this film will bring a justice for tamil
    who is fighting for their basic rights for years and years.Thanks to channel 4.

  98. santhosh says:

    Thank you Channel 4 for bringing the truth to the world, Now World should answer-UN..!!! We salute Channel 4 for this great Job.!!!

  99. antec says:

    Sebastian coe should watch this doc.

  100. Pradeep says:

    Anyone who would love to kill their Children, Parents, Brothers, Sisters would say that LTTE is a good organization.

    Jon Snow, have you ever lost your children, Sisters, Brothers or Parents due to war factor? or did you missed your education, missed your Childhood or lost properties to dangerous terorist organization?

    Jon Snow, have you had the tension that you are waiting for your child return from the school escaping from a bomb attack?

    Jon Snow, can you say there is no war crime charges for Western? According to Jesus if anyone hasnt done a wrong can a throw at Sri Lanka… or I forget now you dont have a religion.. half of your nation eathiests

    I’m not saying that any wrong doing should forget as they were past, It should be adressed properly but not with revengeful mind or in away to awake bad memories and generate hate in Tamil people’s mind.

    If this is to get attraction and earn money I would say its “Blood money”.

    I wish you will get the courage and wisdom to see end of this conflict, with a pure hearted attempt.

  101. Sri Lankan says:

    Billy : If you lived past 30 years in Sri Lanka you will feel what happened here. You can just make the statements just watching the movies while living in a western cuntry. People who lived here know how much we suffer because of this war. Now its end and please let us live free here

  102. moorthy says:

    only way for srilankan Tamils the independant free state.no other way to solve this problem. Thanks C4

  103. mithun says:

    The tamil tigers or LTTE killed many thousands of civilians and rivals for thirty years every single day and killed, killed and killed their way to the top. They were the true masters at committing atrocities, thousands of killings, massacres and bombings. Nothing and no one was spared.

    Two generations of Sri-Lankans suffered immensely due to LTTE atrocities for two decades. Today Sri-Lankans of all ethnicities and religions are living in peace, a peace that the likes of mean minded and jealous channel4 would like to shatter with suspect programmes. However Sri-Lanka will I am sure move on in this new era of peace, a peace Sri-Lankans of all hues, colours and religions deserve and is theirs to keep after two decades of immense suffering.

    1. British Lankan says:

      Mithun, excellent insights. If only the all Sri Lankans felt this way. All the crimes needs to be investigated, on both sides!

  104. Shahan says:

    Channel 4,
    you have missed a few important clips in your documetary.
    – the attack on the Central bank of Sri Lanka by the LTTE
    – the attck on the airport by the LTTE
    – Railway station Bomb by the LTTE
    – world Trade Center bombing by the LTTE
    – Masacare of Border villagers by the LTTE
    – Bombing of the oil tanks by the LTTE

    and the list is endless……

    life in Sri Lanka is great without the LTTE. We remeber a time when we were terrified to travel about in fear of a bomb blast. Where were you when my people were killed?
    Atleast now mind your own business and let my country be the miracle of Asia.

    You also missed out to highlight the development in the war areas for the last 2 years.

    also take note that th Sri Lankan forces have defeated the most ruthless terrorist outfit in he world. where as the USA is still lost in Afganistan……….

  105. margaret brandreth-jones says:

    Ok now I have seen the documentary. There will be much more evidence which we havn’t seen, but C4 can only work with what it has.That can be a problem.

    Who ever committed atrocities , whether government led, Tamil tigers or any other citizen who jumped on the bandwaggon of violence (and we will probably never know the extent of that)the thousands dying ,suffering and executed was clear to all.

    From my point of view the issues are not related to ‘War Crimes’ but rather to mans inhumanity to man.It is sick to categorise whether human butchery is illegal or not.

    I cannot see how the Sri Lankan government can deny the piles of bodies thrown on top of each other,the mass graves , the rape scenes , the children and families torn apart by the cruelest torture and refuse to take responsibility for what was happening amongst them. It seems to be a type of schizophrenic collective mental illness which on the one hand looks at the scenes before them , in some cases endorses the cruelty ,whilst simultaneously saying that this reality does not exist.
    How can any country justify bombing hospitals, not allow families to collect their families and children suffering before their eyes?

  106. Californian says:

    You made me cry. I cried for the victims and I cried because I felt unable to stop the killing in 2009, and I cried because there are still people like Jon Snow and organizations like Channel 4 who have not given up on all those who perished.

    Thank you for going to great lengths to bring out the truth in spite of the media ban in Sri Lanka.

    Thank you

    1. Saf says:

      I agree, what happened now must be brought out to the world as we applaude the United Nations personal agenda’s in Libya and ignore the plight of thousands dying in places like Sri Lanka and Syria. Nothing justifies the death of a child, nothing justifies the abuse of a dead body, nothing justfies those screams of terrified people.. nothing.
      Thank you C4 for showing what depths of evil people can go to for power.

    2. ragu says:

      I think you born June 16 to see this C4 documentary. means you ignore last 30 years. poor guy.

  107. R.Nathan says:

    A big thank you to Channel 4 and to Jon for taking the effort and for caring about the plight of the people in Sri Lanka.Like some have commented maybe it is but a drop in the ocean but at least someone has documented the atrocities that have been happening. The SL Government can say what they want now their true colours have been put on display to the World. Let this be a lesson to future regimes that people and journalism will not let war crimes go silently.I pray that the world and the UN joins hands to provide relief, protection and regeneration to the long suffering Tamil people and I hope that displaced Tamils all over the World join forces in helping those that are still living a nightmare. History is unfortunately rife with such events and those affected may never recover, but the rest of us must focus on aid and development and on bringing all those involved in war crimes to justice.
    Do what you can to help for if humanity dies then there will truly be no hope for anyone.
    Those who believe,please pray for all people in all parts of the world who are still under similar brutal authorities that one day humanity will prevail.Remember it could so easily have happened to us!

  108. PROTECT THE SRI LANKAN CITIZEN'S says:

    i just finished watching the documentary and i feel disgusted by what i just see why is no-one helping them everyone can see whats going on clearly it give’s me shivers just thinking back on what they did to those innocent people it is down to the goverment and his army DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS!!!!

  109. Sam says:

    I still feel a little nauseated after watching those “trophy videos”. It wasn’t just the images; though they were terrible enough. It was the callous, evil laughing behind the camera that made me sick to my stomach. As a woman, I was deeply disturbed by the amount of rape used as a weapon, though that is nothing new in conflicts. Men start the wars, but women and children pay the price.
    How can the Government blatantly lie about the figures killed, hospitals bombed, innocent children murdered? But why has the UN done NOTHING about all the atrocities commited during the “civil war”?
    If Sri Lanka was oil rich, the world would have jumped straight in. The UN should be ashamed.

  110. martin says:

    dear all

    the bloody conflict is over,loard buddha said hatred cannot be over hatred ,both GOSL AND LTTE HAS committed crimes against humanity at stages of the war so channel 4 can be biased pls carry out documentry on vialations of both sides in a responsible manner without verfying authentcity of claims and roles that combatants or civillians played rather than eying 2 source evidence.also relay war crimes in iraq,afgainstan,vietnam,libiya,palastne commited by parties,usa send troops to find chmeical wepons in iraq only to excute saddam and loose 3k+ soldiers dead for freedom of demcracy. pls portray that blair and bush lied to the world pls give a rataionaley to all this without isolating Sri Lanka.

  111. Charles Glenn says:

    The world owes an enormous debt to JonSnow and Channel 4 for reminding us of these events. I was and remain deeply troubled not only by the lack of govt reaction but also by the muted or absent response of those individuals and groups who are normally so vocal on matters such as the situation in Gaza.Speaking as a member of Amnesty I am not even sure Amnesty’s response at the time was proportionate.Human Rights Watch was much more effective I recall.

  112. Duminda Silva says:

    I spent my sleepless night after watching the “Sri Lanka’s killing fields”. Horrified and shamed to be a Srilankan. The Government of Sri Lanka led by Rajapaksha family brought shame to the entire citizens of the country.

    I read some people questioned about the authenticity of the videos and I’d like to tell them one thing, that these videos have been authenticated by many experts including UN. If Srilankan Government believes that these allegations are fabricated, then they should file a case against Channel 4 and prove that in courts. Instead issuing reports is not the way to deal with this sort of issue.

    Also Government of Sri Lanka should allow international monitors to inspect the alleged war crimes. This will prove their innocence if they are. Not allowing any international media or experts shows that they have some thing to hide and fear about.

    I think as Srilankans we should take the responsibility and bring the criminals to justice as Sri Lanka is not owned by politicians as it’s owned by it’s own people.

    1. M R Tamil says:

      Well said Duminda. It is very simple to understand why the SL Government is not allowing any international agencies into any form of investigation. Because they are guilty at all counts.

  113. kia says:

    Thank you for showing at least 10 percent of what is happening to us the tamils in Sri-lanka in the name of budha.
    Tamils are not terrorists to massacre like this.
    Thank you.

  114. harjinder rai says:

    all the above comments i have read are mainly surrounded by there own selfish and undignied views of what happen in the past.However the point is that the video footage has showed what an army can do killings children raping young women were is the justice in this in todays world.Sri Lanka is run by brutal animals how can these people in high office have any moral grounds lead a country. I will never visit this place knowing what these people are capable of.When you have prisoners of war do you excute and rape them? where is the disciple in these so called trained army you all disgust me.

  115. Angel says:

    There are no words to describe our gratitude towards Channel 4, for bringing out of the shadows the attrocities conducted by the Sri Lankan Govt, with the sole aim to annihalate the Tamils.
    I understand those living in the UK have never feared that such attocites could happen to them, but it is happening in the world TODAY! We watched in silence as Hitler continued his mass murders, yet everyone is still contempt on letting the current day sloughters to continue and instead complain that they are being subjected to horrific images.
    It is the work of GENUINE journalism that can bring an end to these attrocities conducted by a govt that is supposed to have the interest of “their people”.
    Channel 4 will remain in history for their work and please do not not let the Sri Lankan Govt continue to discredit you.

  116. Tim says:

    I watched the programme last night and was shocked what i saw. I don’t know the full story, but there are a few things i don’t understand. Surely at some point there has to be some form of accountability for what has gone on. The Sri Lankan government can deny all claims and say the videos are fake, but based on the programmes evidence that is the playground equivalent of putting fingers in your ears going ‘la la la’! If they want to deny it, they need to give a viable explanation to who or why this was being done. Furthermore, with regards to the soldiers who filmed events first hand. Whether you are in the army or not and whether you have been given orders to carry out certain roles, no general human morals and standards seemed to apply. The soldiers were laughing and enjoying (or so it seemed) what they were doing. They were executing people with no signs of remorse at all. This must surely stem from their training and ‘military’ upbringing. It seems that there is a great deal that need to be answered and investigated from both the government down to the inherent military training. Somebody has to be held accountable and hopefully sooner rather than later.

  117. adrian clarke says:

    is channel 4 censoring my replies.there have been several moderated since the program whilst mine were submitted before

  118. SriLanka Campaign says:

    John is right that we need to push for an international investigation. Please sign the petition at http://www.srilankacampaign.org/takeaction.htm

  119. Chitra says:

    Thank you Channel 4 News team showing these unacceptable brutal massacres.

    Please free us Tamils from this horrible civil war. We need our Tamil Eelam back by removing all the Sinhala armies from our land.

    Once again, International Community, I am begging you please don’t make another mistake.
    Thank you.

    1. British Lankan says:

      Disgraceful and uneducated comment Chitra! Sinhala Armies of our land?! Do you actually want peace or are you happy perpetuating division? Sorry, do Tamil people and other Sri Lankan ethnic groups not fight in the armed forces?

    2. Theepan says:

      As far as I know there are no Tamil men in SL Army. If they exist there will only be hand full of them. And they never be in command in a war against LTTE. More or less they’ll be in some offices in Colombo doing clerical works.

    3. British Lankan says:

      Theepan – really? When my cousin got married i remember them having to get government clearance for the wedding due to all the high ranking army officers in attendance. There were very senior officers there who were Tamil. One of whom was the best man. Only speak on a subject if you know what you’re talking about, otherwise it’s pointless?!

  120. JammieDodger says:

    BOYCOTT SRI LANKA! No holidays, no cricket, no garments from M&S and Gap!

    1. David says:

      silly you are, no substance to what you are saying, who will suffer if there is no tourism and no M&S ect.. THE POOR PEOPLE BOTH SINHALESE AND TAMIL irespective so be responsible when you post .

  121. earthling says:

    well done channel 4!!

  122. Gan says:

    All one wish now is that this open world view on tamil suffering and may result in peaceful existence with the majority. How can the international community help us achieve this. Who is willing to help us. Thanks for work by John Snow and Channel4 team

  123. danny says:

    If there are indeed some 200,000 or more civilians in the 30 square miles under LTTE control (that would make that area one of the most densely populated in the world, at 6,600 people per square mile), how is the army going to separate them from the LTTE cadres? Can any army do that? Obviously not, which is why the “solution” advocated by the NGOs and, more logically, by the Tigers’ propaganda machine in the West and southern India, is a “cease-fire,” ostensibly to allow the evacuation of civilians. That is why LTTE sympathizers are demonstrating in India, England, and Canada, ostensibly in favor of a cease fire—one that would allow the LTTE, once again, to escape final defeat, come back and, of course, repeat the circle again: civilian hostage taking, use, manipulation and indoctrination included, as well as rearming. We have seen this movie before, and many Sri Lankans, mostly Tamils, have paid with their lives for it.
    http://www.fpri.org/enotes/200902.radu.killcivilianshumanrightssrilanka.html#note1

    What the FBI say abou this socalled lightely aremed group according to CH4..

    http://www2.fbi.gov/page2/jan08/tamil_tigers011008.html

  124. danny says:

    I want every person to Read about Dr.Rajini Thiranagama who joined the guerrilla group the Tamil Tigers LTTE Thiranagama ultimately left the group, however, when she realized it was more a murderous group than a revolutionary force and was assassinated by LTTE on September 21, 1989 when she was only 35 As she Began to document the MASS Human Rights Violations Commited by the LTTE. And watch the Documentry ‘No More Tears Sister’ filmed about her Human Rights work and aired in 2005.. And a quote from Dr.Rajini Thiranagama THEY (LTTE) WANTED 500-1000 CIVILIANS DEAD FOR THE CAUSE.. THEY USED TO HEARD TAMIL CIVILIANS INTO MILITARY AREAS WHEN THE IPKF OR THE SL ARMY WAS ON ITS OFFENSIVE MOVES INTO THE CONFLICT AND USED THEM AS FORCED HUMAN SHIELD’S THEY (LTTE) WENT INTO CIVILIAN HOSPITALS AND ATTACKED THE ONCOMING ARMY. Dr.Rajini Thiranagama a Human Rights Activist murdered by the LTTE for documenting the same tacticts they used againts civilians way back in 1980’s till the End of the war.. and the Murder of Indian PM Rajiv gandhi..

    1. Duminda Silva says:

      We’re condemning all kind of crime against humanity regardless whether it’s been committed Srilankan government or LTTE. This programme shows both sides’ crimes. There are evidence of LTTE using civilians as human shield and the same time military bombarding the humanitarian facilities such as food supply and hospitals.

      Talking about 1980’s LTTE will not eye wash what has committed in 2009. This was summary execution, sexual violence and rapes by the Government forces. We can’t compare a country’s military with a group of terrorist.

      I’m now worried that these soldiers are still saving in the army and capable of do such things to anybody. I’ll be scared to walk in my home town in south of Sri Lanka with my daughter as this may happen to them.

  125. Mammy says:

    I havent watched the documentary as just reading about it deeply disturbs me and I do hope that something can be done.
    What I would like to say though is why did Channel 4 find it appropriate to show parts of these ‘Trophy killings’ at the beginning of the 7 o clock news? My 5 year old son had just come down from his bath when these images with detailed accounts were shown.
    Yes the world need to know whats going on, but what was shown at that time of the evening was horrific and deeply disturbing. I personnaly think it was very irresponsible of C4 and no doubt others feel the same way too. The watershed is there for a reason.

    1. M. Jessop says:

      I think channel 4 showing any form of piece of fiction, violent or not, whilst labelling it as a ‘documentary’ is equally as bad.

  126. Senthooran says:

    Hi Ch4
    Thank you very much fer bringing this to the worlds attention. We Tamils knew this has happened but was unable to bring it out. Now the question is Will the UN and the International Community take note. What a contrast between UN rushing to act against Libya and their intransigence to act in this case. Tamils lost their trust in the IC when no one was prepared to hear their cries in late 2008 and early 2009 before any of this happened.

  127. Manithan says:
  128. Peaceful Supporter says:

    Thankyou Channel 4 for raising the issues of inhumane suffering at the hands of blood thirsty commanders. Attacks on both sides have shown produce nothing but evil. Just because you have Tigers killing civilians on the one side, it doesnt make it right for a government to order it’s troops to kill anyone in their wake and rape the women. It is truly disgusting behaviour and I am afraid very sad. I urge all Srilankans whether they be Tamil or Sinhalese to voice the actions of their army. We forget human suffering is exactly that whether you be Sinhala or Tamil. Thanks C4 for your widespread coverage and, in particular raiseing this issue with the UN. Unfortumately this is likely to fall on deaf ears.

  129. Duminda Silva says:

    I can now see someone trying to justify the killing of civilians in the name of ‘war against terrorist’. We call them ‘terrorist’ for a reason. If one democratic government has done the same thing then the government it self is a terrorist too.

    In any war civilian safety is the most priority. Srilankan Government started and still saying this war is a ‘humanitarian operation’ and not military operation. If so called humanitarian operation was happened, the military should take prior care for the safety of the civilians. By knowing that LTTE is using the people as human shield, the government forces did nothing other than firing shells and bullets.

    There is no way that any government can justify what we’ve seen on Channel 4 last night. It’s clear that the military have let loose and do what they want. Rapes and sexual abuses are common in Sri Lanka where the impunity exists.

    Please note that Dr Thiranagama was not ex-LTTE and she was a human right activist. She has written a book called ‘Broken Palmarah’ which documented the inhumanity of LTTE, Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) and Srilankan armed forces.

    As a human being and Srilankan citizen I’m ashamed of what the government and its military machine did to our fellow citizens. There will be no justification for what they have done in the name of war. What ever happens, perpetrators should be brought to justice.

    1. boga says:

      Dear Duminda Silva
      It is ashamed to say the least.But because of people like you only the war dragged for so many years.Traitor!

    2. GypsyOwl says:

      If your name is real, I think you were born as a sinhalese by mistake. I have many sinhalese friends, not one of them see any thing wrong in killing all the civilians so long as they are Tamils.

    3. sunny says:

      This Duminda Silva is not the so called race as he always keeps bringing up in his comment post claim to be he is.. Cos Just look at the spelling of it. Which Every person knows is the wrong way. So Even if you are putting your pro LTTE properganda down at least get it right Just like this CH4 docu-drama.. Lost of mistakes for people who really know the conflict.

    4. Hotspur says:

      Granted we saw men were killed and should be Investigated.. BUT to allege Rape by Showing a few DEAD female Bodies is not true. why because CH4 would have shown this as it was supposedly captured by the same soldiers at the same Time by the same mobile phone.. but they couldnt as it did not happen.. you dont have to be Sherlock holmes on ecstasy to work that out.. But CH4 very cleverly opened it up to debate and introduced it to the mind of the imotinal viewer by narrating the world RAPE.. why because there was naked dead female bodies… It is a well known fact and practised all over the world to strip suicide bombers dead or alive… Espically LTTE used FEMALE SUICIDE bombers know as the Black Tigers.. and some instances LTTE used its own dead as IED for remote detonation to kill unsuspecting troops. And MAny people here have counter argued here saying that even though the LTTE forced civilians by gun point and used them as Human Shields the SL army should have taken care and is responsible.. Then the same is true with the USA , UK and Nato forces.. but those armies and Governments have accepted and always blamed the Terrorist for putting civilians in harms way.and which is true

    5. Duminda Silva says:

      I’m ashamed because I call my self as Srilankan. My country engaged in a bitter war with the fellow citizens and committed war crime. I’m ashamed that I was blind while my innocent sisters were being raped.

      We gave permission to the government to destroy the LTTE but not to kill innocent Tamils or rape their wives and daughters. That was wrong that that should be rectified. If we have to pay the price by letting Rajapakesha to the war crime tribunal, I think we should do that. To protect one man we all can’t take the blame as war criminals. If so what is the different between Pirabakaran who used his own people to protect him and Mahinda who is using his own people to protect him from being prosecuted.

  130. adrian clarke says:

    I have just viewed your film,Jon and was very disappointed and to say the least,underwhelmed.
    It was neither proportionate,dispassionate and was mostly unverified.
    It is very pertinent to the next blog on the place of social sites and television in a modern era.
    Trial by TV with mainly heresay evidence.I am not surprised the Sri Lankan government and the UN choose to ignore it.
    I am sure there were war crimes committed by both sides, but this program did nothing to prove them.To me it came over as a program of gratuitously violent pictures that gave nothing to a charge of genocide or war crimes.It should never have been aired on National TV and does nothing to aid any peaceful Tamil accord

    1. Duminda Silva says:

      Without airing this we, Sri Lankan citizens will never known what went on during the last days of the war. We heard celebrations and fire works and failed to listened the morning and grieving of our own people.

      If this is not evidence to war crime then what is this? What should have been done to make this as a war crime? Killing PoWs’ isn’t a war crime? Shelling the hospitals isn’t a war crime? Raping women who were displaced due to war isn’t a war crime?

      The reconciliation between the government and minority Tamils is a process which should’ve happened 25 years ago. We Singhalese lost many people and assets same as Tamils for few peoples benefit. We gave permission to defeat the LTTE but not kill civilians like this. As a head of armed forces he should know what went on the grounds. We never gave permission to our soldiers to rape any women whether they are Tamils or Singhalese.

    2. adrian clarke says:

      Duminda Siva, i suggest you read what i put.I did not for one moment suggest there were no war crimes merely that the program did not provide any such proof.
      I will give you 4 instances that discredit the program:
      1.The supposed begging of terrified civilians through the UN gate.Nearly everyone was laughing and treating it as a joke.It was clearly staged for the cameras.
      2.The family or persons supposedly hiding in a trench and begging the person videoing not to take pictures.There was no fear as if under bombardment and the person with the camera was clearly standing in the open filming,walking up and down.
      3. A supposed dead person lying between two bloodstained metal sheets and twitching his eyes.
      4.There was no proof that the conversations were not superimposed or the elder talking of the UN leaving did so at the time
      Need i go on

    3. Duminda Silva says:

      Adrian Clarke

      If you say there are no war crimes then why the Government is not allowing the UN or media to go and investigate it?

      I hope you have seen till the end of the programme where the soldiers were executing the PoWs. Isn’t that a war crime?

      Why the government said in 2008 that there are only 10,000 families are living in Wanni. Later in 2009 they said 250,000 people were rescued? Government deliberately mislead the numbers as they knew this will happen.

      I can’t wake up a person who is pretending to be sleeping like you.

  131. RAM K says:

    True face of the Srilankan Sinhalese politicians has been brought up for the outside world first time by Channel 4. Thank you for the Channel 4 news Team. The report was impartial andboth sides attrocities were well documentd. Please note that Tamils are being systematically driven out from the country by state sponsored terrorism. Srilanka govt have no political solution for the ethnic issue unless the UN intervene. Tamils are on the run since 1957 when the first communal riots executed against Tamil following the declaration of Sinhala the main language. Since then we have seen/experienced/witnessed many riots/rapings/killing/looting/abductions/etc,etc. I am sure our Sinhalese brothers and sisters would be ashame of these cruel attrocities by their own forces.

  132. karthi says:

    Thank you Channel 4 News team showing these War crime..

  133. Anjali says:

    Brave journalism. The last surviving voice for the victims. Probably the eye of the God. Thank you Channel 4 for unearthing truth. A true news channel compare to others.

  134. ken daniel says:

    Ban must stand trial as a war criminal. If the Tamils are muslims, they would have placed a Fatwa on Ban, Nambiar and the Rajapakse clan. A shame they are not.

  135. mervin says:

    So Human Rights Alligations sanctioned against a entire nation on the now famous call and infomus to some ‘war on terror’. the question must be logically asked even though some of the pictures shown on this doucmentry-drama are distressing.. why doesn’t ch4 or the Human rights advocates persue the British and American Governments and their Military establishments?? The world has seen similar video leaked by the now Infomus Wiki Leaks and similar of So called Atrocities commited by the soldiers of these very said nations.. We have seen US pilots crowing with laughter when they shoot and killed Arab Civilaisn and British troops posing with civilians totured?? we see civilians deaths reported every day in Afganistan courtesy of US drone strikes or Nato.. But the US commanders rightfully argue how some civilians death occur as the Taliban use civilians as Human Shields. We have witnessed How Iraqi prisoners are bound and gaged naked in humilating positions and made to peform sexual acts.. Yet the difference here is that the western media have not blamed the Governments or the military.But the blame is solely put on a few bad roughe elements of the Armed forces..

  136. mervin says:

    If not today we will have the Hauge filled with the Likes of Blair, Bush, and half a dozen of British and USA military commanders who presided over a war based on lies sold by the Western Media to the world with over 1 million civilians deaths in Iraq over the now houdinied wmd’s of Iraq.. So then why does not the same theory apply to this conflict..where a few rogue soldiers of the Lankan Army who clearly set out to with their mobile phones to commit certain crimes just like the USA and UK soldiers have done in the Iraq and Afganistan war??? In this regard We can clearly see how CH4 is out to Target the Government of Sri Lanka and yet not persue other Governments such as the USA or UK for similar wrong doings. We must also see the Context of the Entire conflict over the last 30 years but not in a few seconds captured by CH4..What made this conflict come to this stage.. one must also keep in mind if the Western Governments stopped the LTTE Terrorist from fund rasing in the west through extrotation, stopped them from recuriting and filling the false properganda like we have seen them do with the islamist terror post 9/11..alot of lives would have been saved.

  137. adil says:

    It’s odd (not in a funny way). In 2009 there were a large number of Tamils protesting outside of the Houses of Parliament in London. Many regarded them as a nuisance, many did see a serious problem but were not so concerned. It has been known for quite sometime that the current government in Sri Lanka has adopted a no-tolerance approach to their problem. Perhaps the problem was as in the former Yugoslavia that both sides conducted terrible acts.

    It would be interesting to understand the role of the Indian government in the war and subsequent events.

    The documentary was powerful and really should be shown as an example of terrible acts that are happening even now in other countries.

  138. mithun says:

    Shahan I agree with you, this channel4 was not around when tamil tigers committed thousands of massacres by lining civilians up and shooting them, burning their villages, massive bomb blasts, claymore mine blasts, IED blasts which killed thousands of civilians, killed rivals, recruited child soldiers, committed ethnic cleansing and planted 1.3 million mines amongst other horrors. These atrocities happened almost everyday for thirty years.

    Today channel4 is using highly suspect footage from the very tamil tiger supporters who committed the above mentioned terrible atrocities on a regular basis to harass Sri-Lanka. This is mean mindedness and jealousy nothing else. Channel4 cannot stand to see a poor third world country finally moving forward in peace which the long suffering Sri-Lankan people of all ethnicities deserve after suffering for three decades from an unwanted civil war.

    Sri-Lanka suffered terribly from a thirty year civil war and Sri-Lanka suffered massively from the December 2004 tsunami. However Sri-Lanka finally after two generations has a chance of a lifetime to move forward and our time has come to move forward in peace and development. We shall overcome.

  139. Raj says:

    If anyone talks of reconciliation after seeing this they are truly out of their mind. Every single sinhalese wholeheartedly endorsed the actions of the government!! OK not everyone, except for about 6 of them.

  140. Alex Thompson says:

    THANK YOU –CHANNEL 4 NEWS TEAM.
    What did the UN and International community actually do to prevent the killings? UN withdrew their staff from Tamil areas while killing going on. WHY????

  141. Humanity says:

    it is not about ethnicity anymore.It is about HUManity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!people living here and in the rest of the world will never understand the current situation in SL. Some people are of the opinion that the war is over and the north and the east is becoming like a coherent colombo.NO, thats not the case. Girls are still being subjected to sexual misconduct by the armed forces(GOVT). The world did brand the LTTE as a terrorist organisation, so there should be no morality to expect off them. IT is like expecting OSAMA(though dean now) to be ethical toward his war against the US. that sound hilarious. BUT on the other side IT is the government, definition being “authority subjected to democracy and justice”. SO is the conduct of the government JUSTIFIABLE??????????

  142. mithun says:

    To give an idea of the truly horrific nature of the LTTE and especially its leadership, I am recalling the tamil tiger attack against the srilanka army camp at mullaitivu in 1996.

    During the battle in 1996 at least 1,200 srilankan army soldiers were killed by the tamil tigers. At least 207 srilankan soldiers who had surrendered to the LTTE or tamil tigers were executed with hundreds of sri-lankan army soldiers herded together, doused with gasoline, and burned alive. Burned alive! This is how sri-lankan army soldiers were massacred by the LTTE and this happened in 1996.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mullaitivu_(1996)

    This is just one atrocity amongst the many thousands of atrocities committed by the LTTE in thirty years of war. Sadly nobody knows about these atrocities committed by the LTTE. Truly shameful.

    Today the very same supporters of the LTTE who bankrolled such atrocities are producing suspect programmes which are highly suspicious given their support of such terrible atrocities committed by the LTTE for thirty long years.

    1. Chris Robinson says:

      Has it escaped your attention that the LTTE is an illegal terrorist organisation? You seem to be saying the Sri Lankan government and army should only be held to the same standards as a proscribed terror group.

  143. Emma Darwish says:

    Thank you Jon Snow and team for exposing and broadcasting the atrocities that have irrefutably been committed against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Pressure must now be put on the UN Security Council/Human Rights Council to pass a resolution for a war crimes tribunal to prosecute the perpetrators.

    It’s time for the world to sit up, watch and listen.

  144. T. Rajah says:

    Sinhalese Governments have been lying to the world many decades. Channel 4 news has brought the truth about the state terrorism unleashed on the Tamils. What the SriLankan Governemnt can’t hide is the Tamil Genocide!!

  145. deepal says:

    As a Sri Lankan who lives in Sri Lanka I am sad by what I saw. No one wishes to see civillians being killed. However I must say that having endured nearly 25 years of misery due to the conflict it was necessary for the government to have ended the conflict. The people who live in Sri Lanka are grateful that the war has ended and that we can look forward to the future with some hope. The British government and many other European governments did not do anything to stop the funding of the LTTE from these countries and stop this terrible conflict. Had they done so many innocent lives would have been saved.

    It would also be good if Channel 4 and Jon Snow in particular could do a similar documentary on the bombing of Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki and call for war crimes to be investigated against those responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of civillians in those cities. It will certainly establish their credentials as an independent and impartial TV channel who are not only seeking the punishment of those from a third world country.

    1. Theepan says:

      Blaming others will not rectify what the Government did to civilians. Wrong is wrong and who ever committed should be punished and Ralapaksha will be also punished

    2. adrian clarke says:

      Deepal i believe there were war crimes committed by both sides, but it has been noted earlier the LTTE are/were a proscribed terrorist organisation,and yes there should be an enquiry,but i also note that when a similar albeit smaller incident happened here(bloody sunday)we were content with an internal one.My argument with the documentary was that large chunks of it were obviously staged to make up the time for a full length showing.
      It also did not give the British tradition of fairness and impartial broadcasting.
      I know Jon Snow used to be politically biased in this country but i am surprised he lent his name to this program , obviously produced by others.

  146. kevin says:

    LTTE Terrorist Ethnic cleansing Policy For the last 30 Years,,
    http://www.defence.lk/LTTE/20110603MOT_4.asp

    CH4 have not included in their recent collage. Shame

    1. Chris Robinson says:

      The incident you have linked to a) almost a quarter century ago b) was carried out by an ILLEGAL, PROSCRIBED terror group c) the perpetrators do not deny killing civilians. It’s 2011, we already know what terrorists do, we don’t need a documentary to tell us about it.

      The documentary was interesting because the actions shown were carried out by a state army and have been continually denied by the Sri Lankan government. When video evidence emerges showing a government is being deceptive and is breaking international human rights laws, that’s interesting.

      And if you still want to insist upon comparing the actions of the Tigers with those of a state army, then I think 40,000 killings in one period of action dwarfs the number of killings the Tigers were involved in over the entire span of the conflict.

      Finally, if video emerges of Tigers standing over female victims discussing which has the best figure or expressing a desire to remove parts of their body, you can rest assured it will be met by equal revulsion.

    2. Duminda Silva says:

      Are you justifying what the Government did to Tamils with what LTTE did to Singhalese? If so what’s the difference between a terrorist organisation and a government?

    3. mervin says:

      @Chris Robinson so Chris Robinson..I did not know a crime has a expiry date as you so elequently have put it ‘almost a quarter century ago’ its to show if you go through the website and the LTTE attrocities the LTTE terrorist killing spree began in the late 70’s which lasted till the end of the conflict.. yet its so magically disappeared out of the physique of this entire docu-drma and most of the people who equally wish for justice.. or possibley as you have put it almost a quater centruy ago..meaning one sided justice.. and the Figure of 40,000 socalled dead civilians caused by both parties espically the LTTE which hearded the civilians away via gun point as the term used by all armies ‘HUMAN SHIELD’ is also a fcator and not just the Armed forces as you have stated in you quest for equal justice.. But one must also learn to distinguish the disputed numbers from 10,000 20,000 40, 000 ans next 100 000 how many of these were really civilians or dead Terrorist who abandoned their uniforms and dressed in civilian clothes just to prolong the agony of war and terror.. Still peole like you who seek Justice manage to miss the finer point which always leaves to a gross miscarriage of Jus

    4. Chris Robinson says:

      Mervin, the fact you refer to the film as a “docu-drama” shows your bias from the offset.

      My point was, why would someone refer to an incident 25 years ago when the documentary covered a period 2-3 years ago? When did I say ANYTHING about crime having an expiry date?

      The perpetrators of the attack on the Monks are most likely all dead, so justice has been done already right? Now it’s time for the perpetrators of atrocities on the other side to also meet justice, only this time hopefully in a much more civilized and LEGAL manner in the courts rather than being stripped, bound and shot in the back of the head.

      Do you feel that the Sri Lankan government should only be held to the same standards as illegal terrorist organisations in their operations? If you do, frankly, you have a lot to learn.

    5. Arul says:

      A colonial sinhala govt propaganda… anyway, they cant cheat the world anymore

  147. Hotspur says:

    The World Should Know who these LTTE Terrorist are and their Links to Other Terrorist Groups Such as Hamas, Al qieda, Taliban (who British Troops are Fighting)..ALL Readers First Must have a Insight to Terrorim

    The LTTE and suicide terrorism

    The suicide terrorism syndrome which has become acute in South Asia and West Asia in the past two decades has, however, not driven states most affected by the menace to study and uproot it. The LTTE in Sri Lanka is among the deadliest exponents of the syndrome.

    Recent Trial Of US LTTE Terrorist:

    U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Knox The Tamil Tigers pioneered and perfected technology for suicide bombings, Knox said. That technology “was borrowed and copied and sold on some occasions to other terrorist organizations — organizations like al-Qaida, that directly target the United States, organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah and other in the region,” he said

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=11891980

  148. salimusica says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfYwHQoe6u8&feature=related

    the UK and US armed the Sri Lankan Govt, then turned a blind eye:

  149. a mind that took no sides but that of the innocent civilians. says:

    Without doubt this programme showed unbelievable and truly disturbing footage of the suffering of innocent civilians were caught in the midst of the civil war during recent years. And we can certainly see that the SL gov. now can’t deny many of the horrible war crimes that they had committed. However although it was a small disclaimer in the programme it is crucial to emphasise that just because we now saw some the atrocities performed by the SL army, it does not justify the many actions that were done by the LTTE as well. I’ve personally now seen many who now insist that they were right in protesting against the SL gov. and for the LTTE, but personally both sides were definitely to blame. The footage shown was ONLY of the last yrs of the war. We’re still ignorant of all the other events that happened throughout the 30 yr period; what could possibly justify the suicidal bombing of a LTTE child? the LTTE had also performed mistakes in the past that weren’t revealed in the programme – the organisation was not classified as terrorist for no reason. a civil war is bound to have horrid killings but I feel that this prog. was slightly biased towards only the things done by the SL army…

  150. Donald says:

    It is still sad to see after such great piece of journalism by CH4 and J Snow. Still some people are trying to justify what Sri Lanka done to Tamils,it claims own citizens. Just few of the pretences are;Tamil tigers are terrorist! What is the definition for terrorism?? Whoever use violence to achieve their objective are terrorist? i.e UK USA France?? Western countries used the power and influence to wage terror for their own geopolitical and economic objectives globally. However those countries practises good level of accountability towards their own citizens through mature democratic system unlike Sri Lanka, China and Rassuia.Tigers waged terror on Sinhales majority and its SL government,which is elected by them (not by Tamils in North and East).All SL govs waged terror since 1948 towards Tamils. Unleashed violence towards ordinary Tamils by distuction of property, rape, land garbing discrimination murder & systematic cultural genocide etc, similar to Sadam did to Kurdish people in Iraq.Tigers fought for its own peoples’ freedom and betterment similar to western governments made terror around the world for stability within Western nations. Tigers only fought to prevent this.

  151. donald says:

    Thanks CH4 what the world saw yesterday is large version of smaller versions happned since 1956 is SL and other parts of the globe.WE have witnessed all these and told many times to the world. The world mainly the Western Media always look through their goggles.

    But world is changing Western academics and journalist seeing the world from other side. Have you thought that the like Arab Spring will happen. But if there is no Iraq war / war on terror, The Arab spring would have happened 5 years ago with digitally underpinned world.

    Hurray CH4 and Journalism other nations similar to Tamils may use this. ie indigious people in India, Burma and China and ohter poor affrican nations, But we need to still go some way, but this is milestone…!!!

  152. Manike says:

    So Tamils are not safe in Sri Lanka….
    ————–
    “Sri Lanka today elected Krishan Balendra, as a new chairman of the Colombo Stock exchange.

    He is a director of John Keells Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, head of Corporate Finance / Executive Vice President of John Keells Holdings PLC and a director of Union Assurance and Nations Trust Bank.

    He is a son of veteran corporate leader and Former Colombo Stock exchange chairman Kandiah (Ken) Balendra”
    ————-
    Krishan Balendra is a Tamil, should we offer him Political Asylum?

    1. Duminda Silva says:

      We’re talking about war crimes commited in Wanni not in Colombo. Electing Krishan is not showing that Governemnet did not comit any crimes. His appointment is a recognition for his qualification and not because of his Ethnicity.

    2. Arul says:

      so whats your point here.. who the hell are you people to rule us? we tamils, never ever quit and we cant live with you, mass murderers. butchers or barbarians

  153. Ajay says:

    Hi channel 4 team my name is Nathan. I’m one of your every day reader. Thanks for bringing to the truth from bloody Sri Lanka. And I’m request you to bring those Sri lankan criminals to the international court please. Thanks. And my special thanks to Jonathan miller,john snow and guru.

  154. Kenneth Dabrera says:

    Mr. Snow,
    You have deliberately fabricated and painted a false picture of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict and have mislead the world. How can you say such blatant Lies? Have some self-respect and don’t go bucking for interested parties who want their revenge from Sri Lanka, because they feel diminished as Sri Lanka didn’t do what they wished.

    Come to your senses, Mr. Snow !

  155. Kenneth Dabrera says:

    TO ALL READER’S OF JON SNOW BLOG.
    Mr. Show has deliberately fabricated and given all of you a wrong picture of Sri Lanka. He is tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka for he is completely crazy and its obvious for whom he is bucking for!

    Do forgive this Sinner, and don’t be distressed, – for all what he has said regarding the Sri Lankan conflict is totally untrue. He is truly Nuts.

    1. Arul says:

      great job channel 4 and snow.. we appreciate you.. now the barbarian dogs are barking everywhere.. so take care

  156. Doris says:

    This film is not reall one.This film created tamil dissapora.and channel 4 is playng a roll now.wounder about channel 4 now.they shoudnt sympathy to the LTTE organisation.channel 4 look like not independent mediea. this film cant verify.the uniform can dress everyone and tamilian can also talk sinhalee.how can proof it?at the end of the LTTE used civilian as human shield.and they killed thousand of peoples,so who killed the own civilian and how is the Situetion in Sri lanka? are they killing own civilian now??? Sri lankan gournment fought against the terror and not with the own civilian.tamlian are not terror they are innocent peoples only LTTE is terror.they used tamilan.there is have peace and now everybody should help to the tamilian in Sri lanka.they are struggling to get up. and they need new life after war.talking about the war its wasting time.now is time to develope the country.who has pain about the tamilian they should help to the innocent peoples without jumping around.they need better life and terror leader prebakaran is gone.freedom is there everybody can move freely there.the media talking nonse only peoples should go there and should look in own eye.

    1. Ian Carr says:

      If somebody told the truth then you guys say they’re LTTE or their sympathisers. Why don’t you allow the UN to investigate this? What are you hiding behind the iron bars?

      It’s clear that why Rajapakesha travelling around the world to gain support. If he hasn’t committed war crime he could’ve open the gate to any one to investigate and report.

  157. Hotspur says:

    Final Stages which led to the conflict such as the LTTE terror campaign against civilians for the past 30 years.. and as the USA Foreign Policy has described ‘For more than a decade Western liberal elites gave the LTTE a pass under the pretext that they represent real grievances of Sri Lanka’s Tamils. Ottawa, Washington, and Delhi closed their eyes to their own Tamil citizens’ being forced or manipulated into paying for the murder of civilians in Sri Lanka, despite officially declaring the Tigers a terrorist group. Military sanctions were imposed on Colombo, aid was conditioned on tolerance of, or “peace negotiations” with, Prabhakaran—and the Tiger cancer grew. All of this pushed the government in Colombo into some dubious friendships counterproductive and unnecessary if common sense in London or Ottawa would have been the main policy criterion’ most important and with wider implications, short term, obsessive preoccupation with “civilian casualties” is often a death sentence to civilians in a civil war. The longer the war, especially when the victor is obvious, the more civilian casualties. Hence a military solution is, in some circumstances, the best way to save civilian lives.

  158. Hotspur says:

    In general, pacifism, disguised as “human rights” or not, always leads to more death, especially in remote, third world, small countries vulnerable to the influence of AI or HRW. Ending a war—by force if need be—protects more civilians than prolonging it under any pretexts.

  159. kd says:

    Jon Snow sure has a compelling reason for his inadvertent and destructive reporting on Sri Lanka – probably he is a victim of some mysterious and demanding source or his conscience must be in havoc.

    Anyway, don’t distress yourselves for nothing what Jon said has taken place in Sri Lanka. That man is truly, Nuts.

  160. malik says:

    i dont know how much money you got for this joe, this is the drama that tigers want to make in real time actually that was not happened. Every one knows that this video is to full fill the desires of shadows of LTTE which emerging time by time.i can say you one thing that sooner rather than later
    Britain itself will suffer from LTTE becuase we know we had suffer 30 years.i dont think you have a such back born to reveal the truth about america and British it self. what happened in Hiroshima, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq then Libya its not war crime then. we just starting to rise from the ashes after that dark 30 years, and western people don’t want to see that.And channel 4 no other than any news to making videos about sri lanka. it is better to you to get other killing ground may be tripoli. And i am not surprised if you find real videos captured and not publish them (afraid@USA).This is story that LTTE want to make and publish actually it is like a movie.The UN officer said that the people dont want to leave them behind becuase they know what will LTTE will do to them.And finally western countries dont want to see that rise of the east,and small army in SL defeated the no1 LTTE

  161. Kannan says:

    Sri Lankan government no longer can hide the truth. They must be prosecuted for war crimes. And the Tamil people need to live freely in Sri Lanka.

    I thank Channel4 for bring the war crime evidence.

  162. Justica says:

    Thank you Channel 4 for airing this wonderfully documented video. Thank you for having the guts to speak the truth. It is blatantly obvious that you will will criticism from the SL Govt sympathizers :) For them it is hard to understand that their Army and Government are capable of such horrific abuses. The Tamils are experienced this for years and I’m glad that Channel 4 has brought some much needed attention to the injustice. Congratulations on making such an informative documentary. You, Channel 4 are true heroes!

  163. Nathan says:

    Hi channel 4 team my name is Nathan. I’m one of your every day reader. Thanks for bringing to the truth from bloody Sri Lanka. And I’m request you to bring those Sri lankan criminals to the international court please. Thanks. And my special thanks to Jonathan miller and john snow.

  164. Peaceful Supporter says:

    If you really want to make the difference that counts, this is what to do. We are one nation and should explore the actions of any goverment that chooses to rape women and shoot people in the back of the head in the name of ‘peace’. Doing this makes them no different to terrorist organisations. So what can we do? Well, take some action whether you be Sinhalese or Tamil, in the name of human dignity and respect.

    a) Write to the prospective consulates, the more opinions are heard, the more they cannot be ignored.Here are te details for each country.

    For the USA -The Embassy of the Democratic
    Socialist Republic of Srilanka, email: slembassy@slembassyusa.org.

    For the UK-The High Commissioer Of Sri Lanka – mail@slhc-london.co.uk (This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it). For the Consular Division consulardivision@slhc-london.co.uk

    Join the petition asking the UN to investigate further. http://www.srilankacampaign.org/takeaction.htm

    All of us wherever we are from need to take some action to see how we can uphold the value and importance of human life.
    Please share across facebook, twitter and any other social media. Thankyou

    1. danny says:

      SO Where or WHO DO we write to of the LTTE crimes.. THE GTF or anyone in the British Government to Investigate.. Pls let us know

    2. sam says:

      So How CAn we who seek Justice for all victims.. Prosecute the British BAsed ..British Tamil Forum and GTF..which helped finance the LTTE terrorist as CH4 stated also commited crimes and Held civilains Hostage and Used them as a Human shiled. The leaders in these Terrorist outfits who financed these crimes must be held accountable..so who do we conatct to prosecute the BTF and GTF????

    3. Peaceful Supporter says:

      All I can say is crimes have been committed on both sides. All governments and factional groups whether they be syrian, libyan should all be tried if they choose to rape and pillage the communities they are supposed to be serving. Honestly is it ok to rape a woman? Revenging makes any government as bad as the LTTE. It’s not about you, it’s about the sanctity of life. That’s all. I do find it interesting – the many people that wish to share their political ideologies and views as if those are the only things that matter. Life means Life – it’s not so much about which side you support as opposed to how much you value human life and that is – any human’s life.

    4. Duminda Silva says:

      This report is showing the war crimes have commited by both sides. The UN report is also discribing the same thing. The Govenment of Srilanka simply rejecting them means they are saying neither them nor LTTE have commited war crimes. Including central bank bombing. Are we saying that LTTE is not commited any crimes?

      It’s obvious that this government has commited these crimes. Asking how much bribe Jon Snow got is just typical Srilankan style question. As we all know this video is true.

      If not the government should file a case against the channel in UK. They sent Attony General 2 years ago to UK to file a case but I’m not sure what is he doing here!!!

    5. Peaceful Supporter says:

      Thanks Duminda, exactly the point.The report does establish quite clearly and firmly that attacks on the ‘people’ happened from both sides. They are not denouncing the LTTE of war crimes but including them in this as well.

      What you have here is a potential credible video which has been scrutinised for it’s authenticity by independant experts. This is about human life and that is it and what we are saying is there needs to be a further international investigation.

      Duminda makes a good point, the Srilankan government has repeatedly chosen to reject moves forward for an investigation, which I’m afraid begs the question why?

      Surely putting this to rest will mean an unbiased analysis of exactly what went on by an independant panel seperate to that of Srilanka itself.

      This IS NOT about the killings by the LTTE and the Government in the past.

      This is about the innocent lives of the people. It is about the importance we all place on human life. Politics – leave it at home, urging for a truthful inspection of what went on is what matters.

  165. Theepan says:

    If there were no war crime happened why the SL government vehemently opposing the independent inquiry.Why cant they prove themself to the world by allowing for independent inquiry?

  166. gegi says:

    There were two separate states in Srilanka before British colonization. That time the Britain made the big mistake by joining both nations together for easy administrative purposes.
    Since then we face the brutality.
    Please do something ,we can’t live under this barbareans.

    1. Tamils Need Justice says:

      there was never a ceylon before the Portuguese arrival. Colombo sinhala king surrendered to portuguese while Northers tamil kingdom fought until the last. hw we can live with this mass murderers who are slaughtering our people from 1956,,,, open your eyes world… bcoz without your help these barbaric army never have succeeded in defeating Tamil fighters… hw you know wht happened… TAMILS NEED JUSTICE

    2. M. Jessop says:

      That is a blatant lie.

    3. Randil says:

      of cause there was no such thing.

      tell me this; if there was indeed a tamil country in sri lanka, why didn’t it fight even once against the invading Dutch, Portuguese, or English?
      the armies of the Sinhala kings fought and died even in the north and east regions.

      But it is true that when the Sinhala King was weak with the fightings in the southern parts, the Indian Prince Aryachakrawarthi invaded the northern region. That’s why King Paraakramabahu (I’m not sure of the name) sent his son, prince Sapumal to the north to chase away the indian invaders and thus restored peace in the area.

    4. Ananda says:
  167. Man says:

    I see a hidden smile on Vany Kumar always when she is speaking. If she is actually eyewitnesses how can she feel inside smile when speaking. Actually I was shocked when looking at this video. But I know one thing current peacefulness in Sri Lanka much important than past. We don’t want any war in future. We feel sad for Tamil victims. But also don’t forget if LTTE is alive for last two years there would be more than 50000 lives gone from Both Sinhalese and Tamils. We love peace and Sri Lankan Army who scarified their lives to bring the peace.

    1. Theepan says:

      That smile only you could see.

    2. tamil forever says:

      yes everybody in the world watched how your barbarian sinhala army performed in an ‘unequal war’.. get lost looser

    3. Human demotion says:

      Yea sure Man, I saw the way some of these military men behaved is that what you called sacrifice? then again, have they been reprimanded ? or removed from duty ? Are they the ones guarding the North? These are the burning question haunts every Tamil inside & out side of Sri Lanka.

    4. Yohini M says:

      Hi Man,

      Yes I can see how some of the Srilankan army might have sacrificed their lives in this terrible war. I can also see how some of the LTTE sacrificed their lives to stand up to a non democratic system for their people.

      There are always 2 perspectives to everything which needs a balance.

      This isnt about me or you or who we support. This is about human life.Human demotion makes a valid point about what has happened to some of the soldiers who let your army down. A small minority look like they really let the team down, surely you would want them removed? The LTTE are dead, so no one can be tried for these. Any invesigation needs to be impartial and condicted independantly of the government who is in question. Why is it the government has refused calls for an enquiry. Anything to hide? I am afraid this is one question you cannot answer?

    5. ramesh says:

      They wont reply for this question…

      why your govt. is not allowing for independent investigations if no war crime is commited.

  168. danny says:

    Lets review the opening comments of the Narrator of this story who has already set the agenda of this docu-drama contrary to the traditional journalist view of a conflict to report on both sides with Credable information.. But since the Narrator of CH4 has already set the agenda ‘ journalist is allowed by events to participate in a project.. ‘But the Government action that we report tonight transcends anything seen during this phase of the civil conflict’ The words That stand out Conflict and But the Government action… One has to wonder a 30 Year conflict is ayanlysied by Unverified Images and footage by CH4 can explain the actions of the Lankan Government against the word most notoruious Terrorist Group the LTTE..See FBI website(http://www2.fbi.gov/page2/jan08/tamil_tigers011008.html) and why If a group of rogue soldiers have commited isolated crimes an entire elected Government is blamed for a war on Terror.. It is similar to narrate the armies of USA and UK in Afganistan and Iraq leaving out the precursor to the conflict 9/11 and the London and Madrid Bombing alone with the USA african embassy bombings.. It does not fit the story .. So we must see beyond to the contex of the Final Stages which led to the conflict such as the LTTE terror campaign against civilians for the past 30 years.. and as the USA Foreign Policy has described ‘For more than a decade Western liberal elites gave the LTTE a pass under the pretext that they represent real grievances of Sri Lanka’s Tamils. Ottawa, Washington, and Delhi closed their eyes to their own Tamil citizens’ being forced or manipulated into paying for the murder of civilians in Sri Lanka, despite officially declaring the Tigers a terrorist group. Military sanctions were imposed on Colombo, aid was conditioned on tolerance of, or “peace negotiations” with, Prabhakaran—and the Tiger cancer grew. All of this pushed the government in Colombo into some dubious friendships counterproductive and unnecessary if common sense in London or Ottawa would have been the main policy criterion’ most important and with wider implications, short term, obsessive preoccupation with “civilian casualties” is often a death sentence to civilians in a civil war. The longer the war, especially when the victor is obvious, the more civilian casualties. Hence a military solution is, in some circumstances, the best way to save civilian lives. In general, pacifism, disguised as “human rights” or not, always leads to more death, especially in remote, third world, small countries vulnerable to the influence of AI or HRW. Ending a war—by force if need be—protects more civilians than prolonging it under any pretexts.

  169. mervin says:

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Knox argued the Tamil Tigers had earned a State Department designation as a terrorist organization in part by putting U.S.citizens living in Sri Lankain harm´s way. He also said the group´s supporters in the United States extorted cash from Sri Lankan immigrants.
    The Tamil Tigers pioneered and perfected technology for suicide bombings, Knox said. That technology “was borrowed and copied and sold on some occasions to other terrorist organizations —organizations like al-Qaida, that directly target the United States, organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah and others in the region,” he said. Internal documents show the Tamil Tigers considered other terror groups as fellow freedom fighters, and had a policy of “sharing black market arms shipments and explosive shipments, the financial system, bank accounts,” he said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=11891980

  170. mithun says:

    Doris I completely agree with you.

    There were 1.3 million landmines alone planted by the LTTE terrorists and almost 1 million has been removed by the srilankan government so far. The government has to remove one mine at a time and this itself shows the massive task ahead for all srilankans to return to normalcy and prosperity which is all what srilankan peoples of all ethnicities, hues and colours want.

    The likes of channel4 cannot stand to see a poor third world country move ahead. They are mean minded petty, nasty and jealous. They cannot stand to see peace and normalcy in srilanka. They want the war, death and destruction to continue in srilanka.

    Even suspect footage by the same LTTE supporters are used for these nefarious purposes. Only the deaf dumb and the blind and half wits such as channel4 will believe anything handed to them by these LTTE supporters who are waiting for a chance to attack srilanka if they get half a chance.

    1. Theepan says:

      Why is the government rejected the offer to remove the landmines by Denish Government?

      Just because they don’t wnat enybody else to see what they’ve done to their “OWN” people.

      However, these videos were taken by their own army and given to the international media.

  171. Hotspur says:

    CH4 and Bias journalist let see what Jon snow Thinks??? OK, so I’m biased. I shall be supporting the underdog

    ‘I like the concept of bias. Because I think bias is at the root of many of our woes and is an endemic element of the human condition’

    ‘There is no such thing as neutrality. The human is not a neutral animal; indeed this is what distinguishes us from the rest of the animal condition. We think, we reason, and we conclude, as individuals. Any journalist who tells you he or she is neutral, is biased against reality.’

    http://blogs.channel4.com/snowblog/ok-so-im-biased-i-shall-be-supporting-the-under-dog/9824

    I SUPPOSE EVEN THE WORLD ONCE FEARED TERRORIST GROUP IS CONSIDERED A UNDERDOG

    1. realskullzero says:

      well this is a disgrace! and they want thier documentary to be taken as evidence for war crimes?? well ch4 its good that you air these footages, but i dont see how this would help the reconciliation process and peace between tamils and sinhalese in sri lanka, the war is over and the LTTE is wiped out,….what this does is further distance the tamils and sinhalese in srilanka while the tamil diaspora can put in more fuel to a burning fire and drag SL back in a path of trouble and disrepair….

  172. Vimukthi says:

    Terrorism anywhere in the world is terrorism. So are terrorists. Hence we cannot have a separate rule for one country and another set of rules for another, where one says sorry for killing civilians while accusing another on intentionally killing civilians. As for hospitals being bombed, I remember during the war, as a journalist, our reporting how most of these fake photos were disseminated the world over. One specific incident was where they showed the interior of a hospital claimed to have been bombed by Govt. artillery and almost all the medicines or whatever in bottles was perfectly undamaged in the small confines. So were the pictures of bombings on civilians, where the larger picture showed LTTE cadres photographing the staged ‘bombing’ through hi-tech digital cameras.
    As I maintained from the day V. Prabhakaran was killed, the Sri Lankan military defeated a ‘terrorist organization behaving like a conventional army’ but LTTE terrorism is yet to be defeated world-wide. Thanks to politicians twisting facts for their own survival, Sri Lanka still has a long way to go. But we will reach that distant goal too.

  173. Srilankan_against_C4 says:

    Channel 4 documentary is definitely out of proportion. Look at their website – it is like Sri Lankan or Eelam news channel rather than UK channel. Why? Tell me where in this world a fair war happened ? LTTE fighters, SL Military soldiers, Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims – they all are born as civilians. Channel 4 and the hand behind them want this deaths to continue. For 2 years now not a single person died in Sri Lanak due to war. May be those who sold arms to Sri Lanka also behind Channel 4.

  174. Butanis Wathi says:

    Prabhakaran, in his terrorist war against the State of Sri Lanka, used C-4 (plastic explosives) very effectively, though he could not win the war. His followers are now dependent on a different kind of C-4 (Channel 4) to carry out their anti-Sri Lankan campaign.

  175. Rotten Belek says:

    Irrefutable evidence has surfaced that even President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair were involved in doctoring documents to justify their illegal war against Iraq. No less a person than former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei has pointed out that the documents that the US and the UK submitted, after months of dilly-dallying, to IAEA in support of their claim that Saddam Hussein had obtained uranium from Niger, sufficient to produce 100 nuclear bombs, were all fabricated.

  176. Arul says:

    Great work Channel 4. You have revealed the ugly face of sinhala colonial government to whole world. As Tamils, we thank you..

  177. ravinnw says:

    This blog shows how successful Jon Snow in igniting hatred among two ethnicities. Good Job!

    Sri Lankans went through a lot during the past 30 years and desperately need substantial economic growth and reconciliation. Without uniting and working together to achieve this, let’s drag on accusing who is wrong for another 30 years and make the life of few others like Jon much better. We are really good at it :)

  178. Ealam tamil says:

    the sinhalese are urging to post anti-channel 4 comments in this blog via their local biased media. they are very clever in computer gilmarts especially their king (dnt forget hw he was caught by time magazine for false voting).. great job channel 4…. no tamils in srilanka can open thier mouth as they r silenced under the guns of colonial sinhala army… bt i sure they will atleast feel relaxed by your great job..cheers

  179. RAVANAN says:

    JON,
    THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS DOCUMENTRY ON HOW TAMILS WERE BEING KILLED BY BOTH THE SINGHALESE ARMY AND THE TAMIL TIGERS (LTTE). YOU HAVE SHOWED THE TRUTH OF WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN SRI LANKA’S CIVIL WAR.

  180. Srilankan says:

    British diplomats satisfied with Army’s role in Jaffna
    With view to getting a broad picture of security and development related affairs in Jaffna, British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mr. Mark Gooding arrived in Jaffna on Monday (13) for a two-day visit.

    Immediately after the landing on the Palaly airstrip, Mr. Gooding and his retinue met Commander Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe at his office.

    During the brief meeting, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe explained the visiting diplomat about the change of Army’s traditional role in Jaffna to a benevolent force which is committed to ensure wellbeing of the people in Jaffna. Mr. Gooding expressed his total satisfaction about speedy removal of mines in affected areas and early resettlement of IDPs in their original homesteads. SF-J Commander also described about Jaffna soldiers’ contribution to the government effort of bringing the former glory to Jaffna through its development projects.

    Subsequent to the meeting with the SF-J Commander, the diplomatic team left Palaly to continue with the rest their itinerary.

    During their stay in Jaffna, they will meet the Government Agent Jaffna, the Governor of the Northern Province, members of the civil society, Jaffna Bishop and officials of the Chamber of Commerce. The team is scheduled to visit Rehabilitation Centre at Thelippalai, Point Pedro area and newly-resettled areas at Thelippalai.

    First Secretary and Head of Political Section of the High Commission Mr. David Burton and Ms Priyadarshini Thillainathan also joined the visit.

  181. Gamunu says:

    It seems that Channel 4 is acquired by ruthless LTTE remnants in Britain. God bless Britain !!!!
    The world’s most ruthless terrorists are being whitewashed by C4. shame of you C4 idiots !!

  182. Richard Brandon says:

    I see this documentary is pretty much in to the terrorists side.Not talking anything which the LTTE terrorists did during,before and after the war .I saw Many killings such as suicide bombings and claymore bombs which detonated by the terrorists.And i believe the LTTE terrorists killed more civilians than any other terrorists group in the history .I just saw this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Moh6R7sMs .Anyway in the Europe we consider the LTTE should remain as a terrorist group and be banned forever as they have a link to the AL Qaeda .I don’t think all the Tamils are terrorists .But the asylum seekers and the people who were asylum seekers and now holding the citizenship of the UK and in many other countries are the terrorists.Other than that innocent Tamils are Okay .But i believe that the asylum seekers should be deported from the Europe. I think this documentary was made by someone who helps the terrorism which who is leaded by the LTTE in the UK or all those people most probably being paid by the C4.

  183. Freedom for Tamils says:

    Thank you so much Jon Snow and Channel 4 for showing this documentary! Millions of tamils around the world protested in 2009 to urge the rest of the world to see what this documentary now shows…people chose to ignore us…main reason? SL has no oil! I hope those who turned a blind eye now realise the attrocites that occured in SL. Needless to say, its a little late but justice can now be served! The SL government need to be taken down!

  184. p ukath amai says:

    what a load of rubbish being spoken by the tamil disapora! you carry on living in your nice houses in australia, canada, britain etc and listen to your relatives in the motherland who have suffered under your beloved ltte. maybe we should have a sinhalese journalist to do an ‘unbiased’ documentary?

  185. Bharath says:

    The way the Srilankan soldiers comment and toss the bodies of the women on the truck defy all basic human dignity and decency. Even PETA would protest such inhuman treatment. What was the need to make the men and women naked? A person says that a commander has taken pictures of the atrocities in his personal camera and he has them, does Channel 4 have access to them. That will be even more devastating. All this took place over many months and the international community failed to protect the innocent population who came to the UN office at Kilinochi. UN is a creation after the world war with a mission to protect the world from war, genicide, ethic cleansing etc… Has the UN just become a watch dog or a puppet on a chain?If UN can not have access to the IDP, who else can? I see a lot of comments about justifying State terrisom with LTTE’s terrorism. LTTE was banned in many countries, can the same standard be applied to the SL government? Channel 4 has brought out only part of the story and if C 4 gets access to the IDP, the revalations will be even more damning. Sofar, well done Channel 4. keep up the good work. The humanity owes it to you. If we ignore this, where is the future?

  186. ANTON MALATHI says:

    hi we r missing the point. Tamils in sri lanka have been turned down there right by singala government’s in the past for 30 years..from this disappoiment young men take the weapon in there hand that’s how the ltte established……..well before the arm struggle tamil people have voted for a separation. only solutions is Tamil eelam in the national election. now arms struggle have came to an end tamils have come back to start all over again.
    until singala people believe ” mahavamsam ” they will never accept or give an equal rights which have been denied under the so called democracy by sri lankan government.

    sri lanka will never going to accept the genoscide of tamil for past last 60 years under name of the ”butthar”

    after all this time one British media like ch4 brought to the world. now up to the world to decide one rule for a oil state and one rule for non oil state??????????????

  187. M. Jessop says:

    Everywhere I travelled I witnessed racial harmony between Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese people. It was only when I returned back to the UK that I learned that many people who protest for an independent state have been brainwashed by the LTTE and their efficient propaganda (which you seem to have taken a lesson from).

  188. DW says:

    LTTE terrorists war was based on FRAUD. They vedio thier killing SL civilians and fooled Tamils outside SL as SL army killing Tamils. This is not new. Any one who know Sinhala language can say the words on that vedio are dubbed and has no relevance to the vedio. I saw the same vedio which was the original and was in Tamil and looked very real. This is yet another one of LTTE terrorists FRAUDS.

  189. SriLankan says:

    Perhaps Channel 4 journalists can dip into the ever growing LTTE cash mountain. Did the makers of the programme pause to think how that woman LAb assistant escaped even a scratch after being shelled 65 times in the hospital. There was a man called Viraj Mendis who claimed that he will be murdered the moment he sets foot in Sri Lanka in 80s. He was deported from UK but later achieved the ambition of getting a visa to the West as a cleric. The humanitarian operation in Sri Lankawas conducted with immense care for the trapped civilians and that is why the trapped people had food and water though LTTE soldiers commandeered lions share. SL army suffered haeavy losses as they limited themselves to small arms. LTTE protesters at the Westminister square claimed use of cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs but starangely the Lab assistant rutal did not subscribe to that. THe b

  190. Ranganathan says:

    I hope CH4 will soon do a documentary on how LTTE massacred 28 of my innocent village men in the East of Sri Lanka by chopping them into pieces back in 1993.

  191. John says:

    I do not see the point in this debate. First, GoSL needs to investigate the incidents as alleged by the C4 movie. Then arrange judicial process to take place in Sri Lanka. However, I have the impression having seen and heard from pro-separatist SL Tamil groups, they want to take GoSL directly to Hague, which is very unfortunate and un-warranted at present.

    1. mervin says:

      TRUE WE NEVER HEAR FROM CH4 OR THESE PRO TAMIL LTTE TERRORIST AND THEIR ORGANISATIONS BASED IN THE UK SUCH AS THE BRITISH TAMIL FORUM AND THE GLOBAL TAMIL FORUM..WHO HELP RAISE THE MONEY AND WEAPONS NEEDED TO CARRY OUT THEIR TERROIST ACTIVITIES..AS CH4 STATED THE LTTE TOO ARE RESPONSIBLE YET HOW SILENT THEY GO TO ASK THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ALSO TO PROSECUTE THESE GROUPS.. AS WE HAVE SEEN MANY ISLAMIST TERROR NETWORKS SIMILAR TO THE BRITISH TAMIL FORUM AND GTF HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN AND SOME MEMBERS SENT TO PRISON FOR EXTORTING MONEY, BUYING WEAPONS, HELP RADICALISE AND SEND TAMILS TO CARRY OUT ATTACKS.. I MEAN JUST READ THE ARTICLE BELOW

  192. Human demotion says:

    It is convenient to call anyone terrorist in Sri Lanka and persecute, call it classified information not available for scrutiny by anyone from inside or outside of Sri Lanka.
    I have heard many times from representatives of the Govt of Sri Lanka “LTTE was surgically removed”.
    LTTE is a by product of oppression, through organized pogroms and racism. Post 9/11 it was so easy for the calculating biased folks in the Govt, together with the gullible international community decided to get at the LTTE. Great excuse for the blood thirsty elements with in Sri Lanka!. Numbers do not match here ….Govts of the past and present killed mostly the innocent civilians, got away with it. This behaviour runs in the genes of people of the killer instict. President himself was in the jungle during the fighting of the Cheguvera uprisal against the Govt of the 1990’s. Lost many, I am flabbergasted to see the treatment he approved for the likes of today, yet assuring that was the right thing to do!!. How inhumane and obnoxious military behaviour, training had to come from somewhere in hell.Thanks to ch4 & the leading female who challenged against all odds to get it across, the only way to avoid recurrence.

  193. Michael says:

    Most of the comments justifying this inhumane conduct are not from the normal people. These are written by professionals who had been hired by the Sri Lankan government as part of their PR campaign (millions of dollars are spent in this project) to mask their human right violations.
    A typical example is that Time Magazine removed Sri Lankan President’s name from the poll result despite being ranked fourth.
    ….that an investigation by theTime magazine has found that Sri Lankan government has paid millions of dollars to a public relations company to generate votes for Mr. Rajapaksa.

    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2011_04_14_004.html

    1. Tony Ranganathan says:

      I’m justifying the Sri Lankan government actions and I’m a ‘normal person.’ That’s all what matters to me.

  194. Sri Lanka says:

    go to you tube and just type

    “ltte bomb attacks”

    then you can see what they did to Sri Lanka

  195. Ahamed says:

    This video is a poor try to get attention. Even when Wiki published Apache cockpit camera shot, Ch4 didn’t bother to come up (It’s very clear that is a genuine one) but this guy miller is creating a non-existed situation in Sri Lanka. I have only one question to ask. Where is this guy all last 30 years when LTTE is killing Muslims, Sinhalese and Tamils (Civilians) they massacred tens of thousands of Muslims and Sinhalese. Where this guy all the time of 30 years? Can any one describe by this footage a 30 years’ war history? This is a joke. I invite him to this country to make another film about massacred (actually annihilated) Sri Lankans by British Army and the way they destroyed villages, women they raped and infants they killed. I invite him to see your own face first before try to destroy the other person.

  196. Chandra Mohan says:

    It is intersting to note whether there is any concurrence of date of telecast and deprtation of some asylum seekers from UK. If investigate, it would shed light on many thing. It is very sad to note Channel 4 is want to see another war in Sri Lanka, by displaying unverified images. The real problem in Sri lanka is faced by Estate Tamils, who were taken as slaves after uprooting from their origins in India.

  197. Endangered Tamil says:

    We the Tamils thank Channel 4 from the bottom of our heart for bringing these War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Genocide to the attention of the world.

    Will the World Powers, who like to do lip service to these issues when convenient and suite their self interest, take any action?

    We have no one to speak on our behalf. Please keep this issue allive until justice is done.

  198. mithun says:

    Some terrible happenings committed by the LTTE terrorists:

    1998: August 29: The LTTE shoot down a AN-24 Lionair Flight 602 with 55 passengers (including 48 Tamils) and crew while it was flying over LTTE held territory. Everyone onboard is killed.

    1998 September: In a massive LTTE terrorist offensive 1,500 srilankan soldiers are killed (Battle of Kilinochchi), 3,000 wounded and 500 are missing.

    November 10 1993:Attack on Pooneryn army camp by LTTE terrorists: Eight officers and 233 srilankan army soldiers were declared killed in action in LTTE’s attack on the Pooneryn defences. The LTTE also executed 200 srilankan army soldiers captured during this attack on the Pooneryn army camp.

    January 31 1996: Bombing of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank resulting in 91 civilian deaths.

    March 19 1996: 29 Tamil civilians killed by LTTE, as they were accused of being traitors and giving information to Security Forces.

    July 24 1996: Dehiwala train bombing where the LTTE exploded 4 bombs on Colombo-Alutgama train at Dehiwala killing 60- 70 civilians. The technique of simultaneously exploding multiple bombs in several carriages was used during this attack.

  199. Chuk says:

    Shout all you want Channel 4 but a video showing content gathered from unverifiable sources proves ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! If this is a genuine effort by Channel 4 to bring justice to Sri Lankan Tamils then it should reveal the sources it gathered all this information from, thereby allow third parties to interview the same sources to double check the accuracy of what is shown in the video. Withholding the names of their sources for security reasons is a poor excuse because exactly the same excuse was given by the British media institutions when they said Iraq is hiding WMDs to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq by western forces. We all know non were found by the western soldiers even to this day long after the invasion! So, without any verifiable sources channel 4 gathered it’s information from, other than a few hypocrites and idiots the intelligent majority without a doubt will tend to believe what is shown in this video is just fiction. Besides, the actual purpose of showing this “movie” is to stop the deportation of Tamils living illegally in the west becomes obvious when three asylum seekers have already used this video to prevent them getting deported from Britain.

  200. Randil says:

    where were the C4 reporters when the LTTE terrorists hacked to death 200+ muslims inside a mosque?
    Or when the LTTE shot and killed 9-10 year tamil boys who tried to run away from LTTE forced recruiters?
    Or when they bombed a No 255 bus filled with innocent university students, school children and adults near my university? (university of Moratuwa)
    Or when they chased 150,000 muslims and sinhalese from the north region in 24 hours after robbing everything they had?
    Or when they killed 600 surrendered policemen in cold blood in the eastern province during a peace treaty time?
    Or when they bombed a train (in which I was travelling in) which was filled to brim with innocent people trying to go home after office hours?
    Or when they bombed and killed the sports team of Ananda Collage, Colombo and the coach? (the team consisted of teenagers)
    Where was C4 when LTTE committed thousands of other such crimes?
    where was C4 when the L

  201. Nuwan says:

    Channel 4 where were you when LTTE was bombing innocent civilian in soouth? Hypocracy at its best!

  202. SLtamils says:

    I am disgusted with Channel 4, Ron Snow and some western stupidity.. It is so much clear why would a group of thugs carry on such a campaign by betraiting an innoncent tamils. All the LTTE activists and the group who are in the business of migrating people as asylum seekers are now in trouble as they have nothing to sell anymore.. This is why I meant “Western stupidity”.. If you don’t have the correct & total informative view, you would jump and decide something illogical. This is what western media and governments do in paricular with sri lankan issue. So don’t take the ride that they are going to take you all..Just come and visit the country. Take the records of the so innocent LTTE activities against both Sinhala & Tamil civillians in the past since 1983. I agree that stupid politicians in 1983 to 1995 have taken brutal and short visioned decision which LTTE used to convince their believers. How ever SL citizens have decided to change the govt and they did. New govt is taking care of people up to a certain level other than rising prices of food but definetely the security of all tamils/sinhalese/muslim and christians..Just ask from sri lankan living tamils.where the truth lies.

  203. Johan h l Perera says:

    it is sad that many tamils living overseas will never admit that their race was destroyed by LTTE and by the funds given by them to LTTE.the reality is so different to what is reported
    time to move on even now it is not to late.?

  204. Lankan says:

    Why dont u make a documentary about thousands of innocent people killed by LTTE terrorist bomb blasts? do u have any idea how many kids were burnt to death by LTTE? Why dont u make a documentary about civilians killing in Libya , Afghanistan, Iraq,Pakistan????? ive seen the video.95% of were faked which was done by LTTE.there’s no problem in SL..we all Tamils,Sinhalese,Muslims live without any problems.its just those migrants trying to unsettle SL. Becuase they are just jealous they dont have a country.! Love u SL!!

  205. Mohomad Abdulla says:

    Hi John Snow,
    please tell me how much do you need make a documentary like this for Alkaida, against America?or if you need new house like a palace, it does not a matter for us. we can give you what ever you want. we just need a fake documentary like this against America.. Thank you

    1. Omar says:

      Hi Abdullah,
      Give him $100. he will make a good fake documentary against anybody except US. Reason he wants to live longer. Anyway we kicked him out from SL.

  206. raj says:

    UK: pls keep this terrorist with you and we do not want them back We can live here the tamils who suffered a lot because of this diasapora.We will feed sri lankan tamils and we will make them proud as sri lankans.

  207. Ananda says:

    Channel 4 has been funded by international LTTE bodies in order to air the documentary containing footage that has previously been proven as fake

    Also the Channel 4 had failed to highlights the US Military killing the world’s most dangerous terrorist Osama Bin Laden and his family but had gone after Sri Lanka because of the international funding they were receiving from LTTE sources.

    Several scientific tests conducted on the footage had proven that the videos had been heavily edited and were manipulated before being aired.

    The SL government had engaged in protecting the families of LTTE cadres and the LTTE leaders as the government had rehabilitated 11,000 former LTTE cadres who had surrendered as well as 4000 proven LTTE cadres who had not confessed their involvement in the killing conducted by the LTTE.

  208. Nuremberg says:

    The real problem here is the leadership at the UN. Bank Ki Moon is seeking re-election for a second term of office at the UN. He needs the support of China and India for his re-election. China supplied the military air crafts that carried out the bombings of civilian targets. Indian government has got Bank ki Moon as a puppet.
    For the two passive aggressors the execution of 40000 civilians is a minor inconvenience that should be covered up. Those governments that make even feeble calls for internal investigations of the killings have billions to lose in trade deals and arms sales, if more pressure is applied.
    Both countries have lots of leverage at the UN and G20 and know how to use it.
    Thanks to Channel4 for its persistence, consistency and the high standard of investigative journalism on this brutal killings.

    1. muththusamy says:

      If channel 4 raised the voice during the 30 years of brutal killing these lives would have been saved.No doubt those barbaric elements should be punished but sudden awakening of channel 4 is mysterious.

  209. Asiri says:

    Unfolding, insanity in the absence of a perpetrator
    ‘Baila Kiyannepa’ is a Sri Lankan colloquial, possibly originated in the days of Portuguese occupation used to say enough of your nonsense. Similarly, the regular repetition of nonsense by some western media outlets, their local beneficiaries including ‘self-appointed’ duplicitous saviors of humanity deserves such terse comment.

    The Channel-4 canard, subsequent fanning of controversy by Philip Alston-UN Special Rappoteur, subsequent Grant Fedrick’s -‘…no evidence analysis’ and the furor by Yolanda Foster of Amnesty International towing the fault-lines drawn by the ‘cult-of-three’ panel’s facade, calls for serious concerns for a population of over 20 million who stay resilient witnessing an unfolding hypocrisy to deny a long won peace against all odds.

    Indeed, crimes if committed at any scale should be dealt accordingly, yet the use of systematic coercion against a state actor to accept baseless allegations of war crimes in the absence of a ruthless non-state perpetrator is insanity in its crudest form.

    The startling revelation made by the former Mullaitivu GA, Mrs. Imelda Sukumar, speaking at the Colombo Defence symposium rec

  210. asiri says:
    1. Smart Aleck says:

      Asiri! I do hope all the viewers of the Channel 4 video will also see the videos in this link.Unfortunately that Tamil woman screaming and asking the Government to save their children is in “broken Sinhala” and will not be understood by foreigners.

  211. Bharath says:

    I never thought there will be so much divisive views on this issue. If peace had been won, why do the SL Government keeping the Tamils behind barbed wire even after 2 years? The overseas SL Tamils went there as refugees, not as fortune seekers. What is lacking in Srilanka is sympathy and empathy and what remains is arrogance and vengence. In this atmosphere, you can not expect the SL Goverment and people to see reason and accept responsibility. ” An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. Tamil Refugees started arriving in India even before LTTE and other militant groups took route. Why? It is because of the lack of equal oppurtunity and secondary tratment and periodic violence against the Tamils sinc the late 50’s. If there is an iota of Justice in this world, it will prevail, if not now, but in the future – like we shudder to view the Nazi camps and think how cruel the human race can become. There will be justice,it will be slow but certain.

  212. Ajith says:

    These are ‘reality shows’ made by LTTE using LTTE deserters and Sinhala speaking actors bought from South for propaganda purposes.And if you see the comments regarding UNSG election, be it west or east people have lost faith on UN clearly.So I don’t think any gov would allow these useless organization which can be bought for money easily come and do any investigations which is clearly not going to be impartial.And unlike normal criminal cases it will be very difficult to verify eye witnesses since most of these so called eye witnesses are ex-LTTE carders living abroad and who are willing to lie to take revenge from Sri Lankans.

  213. Michael says:

    One of my cousin’s two young girls age 10 and 14 were both died in Sri Lanka due to the shelling of the Sinhalese Army. Three months ago she went to the bank to withdraw the funds which were deposited against her dead daughters. So she was asked to produce dead certificate by bank. When she went to claim her daughters dead certificates, the Sinhalese registration officer has threaten her to accept a declaration that her daughters were died of a natural cause which occurred two months before the real date (final war period) of her death. Apparently this is the current norm in Sri Lanka, people were threaten with death and beaten up if they were to celebrate their dead ones anniversaries, who were killed during the final stage of the war.

    All these were happening under the name of Lord Budha, the Sinhalese monks who often protest for the animal rights and preach ahimsa are ignored the mass killings of Tamil civilians and praised the government for the way they conducted the war.

  214. Smart Aleck says:

    Ron! Your name is Snow, Snow is White, your skin is White but you appear to be a Black Guard! Your appear to have bowed to Tiger Terrorist Funding! Your’s is not an analysis but an Absolute White Wash of the World’s Worst Terrorist Group the LTTE.. You have put a further spin on the dubious material given to you by the LTTE. Your have not shown a single atrocity by the Tamil Tigers who over almost 30 years mercilessly butchered innocent Sinhalese , Muslims and even Tamils, including pregnant women, little children, Muslim and Sinhalese worshipers at prayer, young novitiate priests in robes, innocent travelers etc, etc. You Gloss Over all that. You refer to the last stages of that battle with the Tiger Terrorists and say that the Tigers only fired on the ground to prevent Tamil Civilians reaching the Sri Lanka Forces. Why did those Tamils want to flee from the Tigers? Because , they were being used as a Human Shield! I live here and saw the videos of that time, when the civilians did not stop with the firing at the ground the Tamil Tigers just mowed them down with automatic fire, Jon! Didn’t the Tigers give you that part of the video? There is more to be said later.

    1. Smart Aleck says:

      Why so long for moderation? Dear Jon! O How I Hate To Write…..(sounds like a song, doesn’t it? Have you been taken for a beautiful ride by the Tamil Tiger Diaspora?

  215. Smart Aleck says:

    Jon! I continue! You have given almost half you video time to that pretty and also Bullet and Bomb Proof Vany Kumar, who gives a graphic description of what went on inside what she calls a Hospital.Did you know that she was sent by none other than that dreaded Tamil Tiger Terrorist Castro? Did she not tell you that in close proximity to that Hospital was a battery of Tamil Tiger Terrorist Heavy Artillery that was pounding the Sri Lankan Army positions? You refer to that Tamil Tiger Newscaster Isupiya as an innocent journalist. Didn’t you know that she was in fact a woman member of the dreaded Black Tigers, who brutally butchered so many innocent men, women and children in cold blood, and that she was transferred to the media section because of ill health? Media Reporting to the World should be unbiased! You and Channel 4 have lost your Credibility! Shame on you Jon Snow! Shame on you Channel 4 ! Shame on you BBC ! and Shame on you the UK !

  216. Dyan Alwis says:

    THERE WERE FURIOUS BLOOD SHEDS, BLOOD BATHS OVER OUR SRI LANKAN CITIES BY VEHICLE BOMBS, SUICIDE BOMBERS, AIR RAIDS, GANG ATTACKS, TIME BOMBS SENT BY L.T.T.E. AND E.R.O.S., KILLED THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVIL PEOPLE, WHOM NOT EVEN COUNTED AND TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION BY SOCALLED L.T.T.E. SYMPATHYSERS LIKE CHANNEL 4, AL-JASEERA AND BBC. EVERY LTTE CARDER KILLED BY OUR FORCES DIDNOT BRING A PIGEON OR NEVER RECITED “BAGAWATH GEETHAWA” WHILE FIGHTING IN WAR FIELDS BEFORE THEY CAPTURED, THOSE CARDERS ASSAULTED OUR FORCES UNTIL THEY CAPTURED OR EMPTIED WITH BULLTES. BLOODS OF SOLDIERS WERE HEATED UP BECAUSE THEY WERE FIGHTING WITH RUTHLESS TERRORISTS AND WHEN THEY CAPTURE THOSE CARDERS CAN ANYONE EXPECT THAT OUR SOLDIERS ASK THEM TO OBSERVE FIVE PRECEPS? IT WAS A BRUTAL WAR. WHEN L.T.T.E. CAPTURED OUR SOLDIERS DID THEY FORGIVE THE SURRENDERS? LTTE CUT THEM INTO PIECES AND SCATTERED AWAY. IT WAS SUCHA BARBERIC ORGANISATION WHICH IDENTIFIED AS MOST DECIPLINED ORGANISATION BY SOCALL DARUSMANNS PANEL. THEY DID THIS SEVERALLY AND ONE GOOD EXAMPLE COULD FOUND WHEN GOSL FORCES FOUGHT AGAINST L.T.T.E. IN EASTERN PROVINCE (L.T.T.E. PUSHED G.O.S.L. BY CLOSING SLUICE GATES OF MAHAWIL ARU RESEVOIR) DID THEY RELEASE THE INNOCENT PEOPLE AND SOLDIERS CAPTURED FROM OUR FORCES BEOFRE THW WAR? DID THEY RELEASE ANY OF SURRENDERD (LATE PRESIDENT PREMADASA ORDERED THEM TO SURRENDER TO L.T.T.E. AFTER L.T.T.E. AGREED TO RELEASE THEM TO GOSL) NEARLY 700 POLICE MENS IN EASTERN PROVINCE? THEY KILLED EVERY ONE BY ASKED THEM TO STAND AND THEN BY A HEAD SHOT. IT WAS LEADED BY COLONEL RAMESH WHOM IN SOCALLED FILM “SRI LANKAN KILLING FIELDS” L.T.T.E. DID THE ETHNIC CLEANCING IN NORTH AND EAST BY CHASING OUT MUSLIMS, BUT KILLING INNOCENT SINHALESE PEOPLE EVEN PREGNANT WOMANS AND CHILDREN EVEN INFANTS BY CUTTING THEIR THROATS, MOST KILLING DONE BY LTTE FEMALE CARDERS. SO WOULD YOU EXPECT OUR SOLDIER TO FORGET THAT PAST WHEN THEY CAPTURE FEMALE CARDERS AND LET THEM GO AWAY? MOST SOLDIERS CAME FROM NORTH AND EAST PROVINCES FROM THOSE FAMILIES, FROM FATHERS WHOM WORKED IN POLICE AND FORCES IN NORTH AND EAST SURRENDERED AND KILLED BY L.T.T.E., SO THEY ISOLATED AND LOST THEIR FAMILIES, FAMILIES OF MOST OF THEM LIVED IN REFUGEE CAMPS, BECAUSE OF LTTE’S KILLING AND ETHNIC CLEANCING PROCESS. WOULD YOU EXPECT THOSE SOLDIERS TO FORGET WHAT HAPPNED TO THEIR OWN BELOVED GATHERS, MOTHERS, BROTHER, SISTERS AND HUG THE CAPTURED LTTE CARDERS LIKE BROTHER OR SISTER THEY LOST AND FOUND? CAN ANYONE OF YOU DO THAT? WHEN THE GUNS START TO TALK THEN THE LAW WILL BE START TO MAINTAINED SILENCE. THIS WOULD DEFINITELT HAPPENED IN ANY WAR FIELD. THAT IS THE BITTER TRUTH. BUT I FIRMLY BELIEVE SOLDIERS NEVER RAPED CAPTURED L.T.T.E. FEMALE CARDERS, BECAUSE EVERY BUNCH OF SOLDIERS LEADED BY AN OFFICER WHOM ALWAYS WITH SOLDIERS TO CONTROL, LEAD, MANAGE ANGER AND LOOKAFTER THEM. FORMAL FORCES NOT LIKE INFORMAL FORCES LIKE L.T.T.E., THEIR LEADERS WERE IN VERY BACK OF THEIR CARDERS AND ESCAPED WHEN THEIR CARDERS DEFEATED. THAT IS WHY MANY L.T.T.E. LEADERS COULD KILLED BY FORCES AT LAST FEW DAYS OF WAR, BECAUSE CARDERS REALISED THAT THEIR LEADERS ARE TIMID AND PUSHING THEM FORWARD AND HIDING, SO THEY THROW AWAY THEIR WEAPONS AND SURRENDERED TO FORCES AND FORCES REHABILITATED THEM, NEVER KILLED. SO CHANNEL 4 DON’T CARRY ON BULLSHITS. THERE WERE THOSANDS OF WAR IN WORLD’S HISTORY. MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE KILLED BY ARMED FORCES BY DELIBERATELY OR ACCIDENTLY. THE BITTER TRUTH IS MOST VICTIMS OF WAR IS INNOCENT CIVILIANS THAN TRAINED SOLDIERS. L.T.T.E. FIRED FORCES BY HIDING AMONG INNOCENT CIVILIANS. THEY BUILD MOTAR AND SHELL FIELDS AMONG HOSPITALS, CHURCHES, REFUGEE CAMPS AND HEAVYILY FIREM AT FORCES. WE FEEL SORROW ABOUT THE PEOPLE DIED DURING THE WAR ERA. BUT PAST IS PAST. NOW THE WAR HAS BEEN ENDED. PLEASE DON’T TRY TO START ANOTHER WAR AGAINST US. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  217. Dhathusena says:

    No doubt war crimes should be brought to justice sincerely for any chance of reconciliation.Sri Lankan government should be pushed to the limit if they are reluctant to do so.What channel 4 has forgotten is majority of Sri Lankans are peace loving people and this brutal was has brought misery to the country over past 30 years when the Britain has either ignored or indirectly propagated that by harboring and funding tiger activity.These lives could have been saved if Britain was proactive in helping struggling successive governments to em battle this menace during the past.killing of this nature was nothing new for us though it sound horrible and harsh.It happened everywhere in Sri Lanka over the past thirty years. Members of all ethnicities suffered , suffered and suffered.Where was channel 4 during that period.Why are they so keen to wash others dirty linen in public(Specially Britsh)now .The motive doesn’t seem to be that sincere as it appear.

  218. JEYAKUMAR says:

    Some massacres committed by the tamil tiger terrorists or LTTE over the years:

    May 14 1986 Anuradhapura massacre: LTTE gunmen shoot dead 146 Sinhalese civilians and injure 85 others as they were praying at a sacred Buddhist shrine in Anuradhapura.

    May 25 1986 Mahadivulwewa Village massacre: LTTE cadres shot dead 20 Sinhalese and set fire to 20 houses.

    August 3 1990: Over 30 Tamil Tiger cadres attacked four Muslim mosques in Kattankudy in Batticaloa district, killing at least 147 Muslims who were praying in the mosques.

    August 11 1990: Division 3 & 6 Eravur LTTE cadres attacked Div. 3 & 6, Eravur, killing 116 Muslims and injuring 20 others.

    July 2 1997 Erakkandy Village Massacre: Over 100 LTTE terrorists wielding sharp weapons, clubs and firearms stormed Erakkandy Muslim village in Trincomalee and butchered 34 muslim civilians.

    May 25 1995: LTTE cadres attack a fishing village in Kallarawa, and hack and shot to death 42 sinhalese civilians (22 males, twelve females and eight children)

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

    There are so many thousands of such massacres committed by

    1. Nuremberg says:

      Jeyakumar,
      You seem to start with 14 May 1986, with a list of killings by the LTT. How very convenient? So what happened before 1986?

      To understand this conflict you should start at least from 1957or 1958, when Tamils in Colombo lost their homes by arson,looting,murder and rape, and were forced to evacuate to the Northern Province for their own safety .It was followed by similar atrocities in 1983/1984 and much more.
      Politicians who protested peacefully were beaten up by the Police State.The former prime minister, Mr.S.W.R.D. Bandaranayake was assassinated by extremist elements keen to protect and preserve the Singhalese majority rule and privileges.
      Never pretend that you can re-write history or that Sri Lanka is a democratic country or that you can manipulate the media to your own advantage.The suppression of press freedom,the use of emergency powers, and Sri Lanka’s human rights record is a enough proof to bring in punitive measures.The Channel 4 documentary points to an urgent call for war crimes trial for genocide against 40,000 innocent Tamils.
      Just remember people who take up arms for a just cause are not terrorists they are freedom fighters.Mind your language.

    2. ken daniel says:

      While I am not sure what evidence exist to suggest that these were committed by ltte, I am sure if at all there are others you can even remotely attribute to ltte, you would have listed them. on the other hand, the Sinhala army’s atrocities are far too numerous and impossible to list. There have been books published with very clear evidence of many of them. If there’s space in your brain to absorb any truth, go ahead and read them.
      And, have the decency to use your name or a neutral one – don’t pretend to be a Tamil.

  219. Michael says:

    Dear Sandhya, I could see you have been brain washed by your Sinhalese husband to the extent that you are very comfortably justing the barbaric acts on fellow human beings. If Sinhalese army is conducting an ethical war, why did they chase away UN, Red Cross, Aid agencies and journalists from the war zone? till date after 2 years of the end of bloody war, not only journalists no foreginers are allowed to go to Tamil areas without the approval of the Defence Ministry. If you want the C4 to further investigate and give you more credible report, why dont you ask Sri Lanka to let the foreign journalists have independent access to Tamil areas. Please respect humans has humans and give them the basic right to live with dignity regardless of which side you support.

  220. maduranga says:

    what ever the war was not good for all srilankans.stop thinking that ur tamil im sinhala and she is muslim like that.think all of us as srilankan. when we start to think from that everything will be ok.i know all the srilankan had pained bcs of war.not only sinhaleese not only tamils but also the muslims as well.so this is not the time to search what was happened.this is the time to think y it was happened and how ? and in future how we gonna avoid those problems not to happen again.that’s it.let’s think together as srilankans.

  221. Gamunu Samarasinghe says:

    In this 49 minute documentary Channel 4 showed how Tamil civilians in the North came in front of the UN office to stop UN staff from leaving during the final stages of the war with LTTE terrorists. (Sri Lanka government had to asked them to leave the conflict zone for their own safety and also since some NOG’s were actively engaged in assisting LTTE terrorists participating in the war indirectly.)

    In the film, one UN worker described how the ‘tens of hands’ were inserted through the gate pledging UN workers not to leave.

    If you compare the front view of the gate and the view from back (where this UN staff member filmed using his own camera) where you can see the ‘tens of hands’ coming through. However, the front view gate (which is blue colour) is entirely different from the one from the back. The back view gate has an opening while the front view gate has no such opening.

    The producer has deliberately created a clip comprising (tens of hands) to dramatize & exaggerate the UN officer’s statement.

  222. Isabel Pov says:

    It seems a bit illogical that channel 4 would go all the way to create a documentary with false manipulated images/videos to make the point that either the government or terrorists/freedom fighters have managed to kill between them, 40.000 people. Children and women shown in the videos, dead and half naked, trowned at the back of a truck like a piece of catle surely do not deserve to be killed and treated like that, not matter what side they unfortunately found themselves. You people are becoming more and more ignorant in thinking you can justify this kind of violence. We seem to be going back to the dark ages of witch hunting, where matters are solved eye for an eye, and the world is becoming blind again. We are all flesh of the same of the same flesh, made of the same stuff. Innocent people should not be dying because of actions of others, be either government, muslim extremists, american troops, british troops,LTTE or who ever decides to make a point by the use of extreme violence. Thse are again innocent people caught in the middle of hatred and ignorance. Yours in this case.

    1. Peaceful Supporter says:

      Hi there Isabel, Well said! You are right of course. Channel 4 itself shows killings, who really cares who they are done by? Do you guys on this blog really think that Channel 4 has fabricated evidence? What is apparant is someone died to the tune of 40,000 and quite frankly all I care about is the civilians in all of this. It amazes me how many ‘new’ so called ‘expert’ people we have on here willing to give their 2p on whether the film is real, how and why? I think the point is the ‘real’ experts have already deemed the video genuine. What is clear is that inhumane sufferings went on from both sides and allegations of human rights abuse should be independantly considered! – This is for all those anti investigation – What is there to hide? Conduct an investigation and win the argument. That’ll put an end to the number of video analysis experts we have on here. This isnt about you, this is about human life wherever and whoever you are. Stop being so petty and recognise this is about how much you value human life!Well said Isabel – I agree with you totally 100%

  223. Woo says:

    Cricket and politics, interesting to see that one of the stars of the Sri Lankan team is an MP for the ruling party.
    ‘Jayasuriya, a star Sri Lankan cricketer, is also a member of parliament representing the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.’http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=3254
    I am totally with the people who support a boycott of Sri Lanka by the British team . We had to do it as one of a number of measures to end aparthied in Saouth Afica. In this case there is no seperation of sports and politics – it can be seen right there in the middle of the field!

  224. ramesh says:

    Hey Sandhya,

    come on..

    so, u r saying srilanka govt. didn’t do any war crimes, then y u ppl are worried.

    Allow them for independent investigation, to prove u r innocent

  225. Rawan says:

    if you are a fair and reasonable person independent of racist thinking pattern and no hidden conspiracy agenda of manipulation or taking advantage of the situation, just go an google for the other side of the story… clearly there is no war or no human rights violations inside sri lanka now… because their is no case, the donation collectors of this terrorist camping going insane and try to create situation because they need a conflict to collect money…

    there are lot of answer given by sri lankan military, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_dPlhz4CKk (go through other videos that pop ups inter connected)
    a clear sound minded balanced person who is not trying to go for hidden agenda in mind will accept the facts…. clearly while the war is going on there may be violations… the word war it self is not a candy time… it involves of killing of humans what ever the side… past thirty years this battle goes on and killed thousands may be more innocent lives… children used as soldiers, rape cases…it’s hell now it’s all over… greediness hate.. wanting separation is one big lie…for better life as they say. there will be no tamil,sinhala,muslim diffrences any more…

    1. Nuremberg says:

      Rawan,
      Quite clearly, you have been living on a different planet for the past fifty years and you have no understanding of what war-crimes and human rights abuses are. The killing of more than 40000+ innocent Tamils is a war crime and the killing of surrendering- soldiers with a white flag,in the final phases of the war, is most definitely a war crime.There is a precedent for this even in world- war two.
      Have you bothered to work out how much foreign aid was provided to the Sri Lankan government, by G7 and G8 countries under the ‘smoke screen’ of ‘talks about talks’, to resolve the conflict?

      Sri Lankan Tamils are only seeking justice.If that means collecting money, so be it. I am sure your Lord Buddha wont mind that.
      It takes a few years to bring to justice,racist,brutal and vile regimes like the present regime in Sri Lanka. Just remember the atrocities committed by the Chinese in Tibet.Being a poodle of the Chinese government to suppress internal uprising does not always bring great benefits. You won’t know what has hit you when the Chinese have finished you- off. Meanwhile keep on dreaming!!!.

  226. Manoj Perera says:

    This is a completely biased report. It never discuss the atrocities the LTTE waged for 30 years. The footage and narration conflicts (eg. Gordon Weiss says the Govt removed all international witnesses from the area, but a little later it shows an ICRC international staffer attending to injured. In fact ICRC was very much involved in supplying food and removing injured from the battle zone and they removed many abandoned LTTE combatants). My guess is that this must be financed by the millions of dollars still left in the LTTE coffers.

    1. Nuremberg says:

      Manoj Perera,
      Channel4 has discharged its remit as a public service broadcaster by broadcasting this programme.Perhaps,you should know that it has a remit to broadcast programmes of relevance to the minority groups and does so with customary consistency(Marsh- Arabs in Iraq, prisoners in Abhu Grade, Guantanammo Bay, Zimbabwe, South Africa).
      You are blatantly accusing Channel4 of taking bribes from the L.T.T.E. Perhaps, state control of the media in Sri Lanka over several decades has developed a certain type of mindset, very similar to those of totalitarian regimes.The NAZIS of ‘Third Reich’ tried this and failed miserably. Channe4’s finances has never needed additional funding from any foreign organisations.These are desperate accusations to cloud the real issues.
      If the Sri Lankan government believes it has no case to answer,then it can give unfettered access to an international panel of the UN,to investigate the alleged executions of the 40,000+ innocent civilians, and the soldiers who were asked to fly the white flags, as part of the surrender.The soldiers were executed, instead of being taken prisoners under the terms of the Geneva Convention. That stain will not go away easily

  227. Bharath says:

    Now the SL government is doing what you expect them to do. You have the Tamils living like Slaves and behind barbed wire. If the war is over, why are they still IDP even after 2 years?
    The Tamils in SriLanka are the cursed lot with no place to go, a life without dignity and uncertain future in the very nation they are born. They are no better than the Sudanese refugees in Africa. In the end, History teaches nothing.

    1. Nuremberg says:

      Bharath,
      When you compare what happened to the Jews during the Nazi regime and where they are now after the trials in Nuremberg, you will see that the Tamils living behind barbed wires are sending a different and clearer message about the brutality of the present regime and its supporting powers like China and India.This war is not yet over.It is the beginning of a different phase and we are up against some powerful enemies. It is that one side had carried out a mass murder of innocent civilians on an unimaginable scale, and the world has not yet grasped the full significance of it due to a number of reasons.
      The Tamils in Sri Lanka are not a cursed lot either, they have the will to conquer evil in whatever form it comes.The Tamils will need a different leadership and a different strategy.

      What history teaches us is that there is a heavy price to pay for freedom from oppression and the pay-back is not immediate. Despots rarely escape justice. World events have a strange twist to it sometimes. You only have to look at what happened in the former U.S.S.R, IRAQ, UGANDA and Northern Ireland.

  228. Sivan says:

    Before we go about the atrocities of the war itself, let us remember the origins.
    Tamils have always protested peacefully since the introduction of the “Singhalese Only Act”. These protests were brutally suppressed (just as Gadaffi’s doing with his own people).

    After nearly 30 years of brutal suppression the Tigers (LTTE) emerged.

    In July 1983 after a valid military operation by the LTTE when 13 soldiers were killed, the Singhalese Govt. (ie mobs led by Police, Army, Council Officials and Buddhist Monks) butchered and mutilated over 10,000 Tamil men, women and children and burnt 1000s of homes in Colombo alone. Also burnt the Jaffna Library which was of no military significance but contained rare books of the Nation’s (Real) Origin.

    Therefore when the Singalese (and Buddhist Monks)can start a war with this kind of brutality and savagery, is it a surprise they end it the same way, especially with weapons that can cause greater carnage.

    So I never understood the Singhalese’ often immature comments – if the LTTE for their attrocities were labelled a Terrorist Outfit, should not the Singhalese Govt. be labelled with the same term as is Iran, N. Korea, etc.

  229. Humanity says:

    Its been a month since the footage was released, but it is pathetic to note that nothing of serious consideration has bee taken. Is this justified in any ground?forget history, but think about the future, what gaurantee does the government of Srilanka give to the civilians living in Lanka and their beloved ones abroad that there would be no violence against the community?

  230. Thamilan says:

    This is Recent news from Toronto. A man is fearing for the life of his wife and kids because he openly spoke to Canadian media. This is unbelievable! Some one please do something about it. Why should a family be in danger for a man’s right to free speech? Please view this link.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/07/08/tor-tamil-wife-rescue.html?ref=rss

  231. Dyan Alwis says:

    CAN ANYONE DESCRRIBE THE TOTAL STORY OF A NOVEL BY READING FEW CHAPTERS? BECAUSE SOME ARE LIKE TO READ ONLY THE CHAPTERS THEY WOULD LIKE TO READ AND SKIP THE REST OF ALL OTHER CHAPTERS. WHEN IT COMES TO LADIES MOST OF THEM WOULD LIKE TO READ ROMANTIC CHAPTERS. WHEN IT COMES TO GENTS MOST OF THEM LIKE TO READ TRILLED AND ADVENTURE PARTS AND CHAPTERS. WHEN IT COMES TO OLD GENERATION THEY WOULD LIKE TO READ LETHARGIC CHAPTERS. BUT NONE OF THEM CAN GIVE GOOD DESCRIPTION ABOUT THE TOTAL STORY. ON THE OTHER HAND EVENTHOUGH PEOPLE COULD READ WHOLE CHAPTERS OF NOVEL WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE SUCCESSFUL VIEW ABOUT STORY.
    IT IS SIMILAR DESCRIBING THE SHAPE OF ELEPHANT BY A BLIND (I HAVE NO INTENSION TO INSULT BLIND COMMUNITY). BECAUSE THEY CANNOT TOUCH THE WHOLE BODY OF AN ELEPHANT AT A TIME, SO THEY WILL TOUCH ONE PART AFTER ONE AND THE DESCRIPTION THEY GIVEN BEFORE WOULD CHANGE IN NEXT TIME BY TOUCHING ANOTHER DIFFERENT PART OF AN ELEPHANT. IT IS NOT A FAULT OF ELEPHANT OR A BLIND.

    MOST OF THE WORLDS MEDIA SUCH AS CHANNEL 4, BBC, AL-JASEERA ACTS LIKE ABOVE. THEY DID NOT STUDY AND CONSIDER THE WHOLE STORY OF L.T.T.E. AND 30 YEARS WAR IN SRI LANKA. THEY LOOKED AT A VERY PRECISED CHAPTER OF WAR THEY LIKE AND BEAT AND INSULT SRI LANKA AND FORCES. WE WERE GIVEN UP OUR LIVES AND HOPES FOR BETTER FUTURE DUING WAR TIME HERE. WE ARE LIVING IN ADJOINING TO COLOMBO, EMPLOYING IN COLOMBO, STUDYING IN COLOMBO. BUT WE WERE FEAR TO COME TO COLOMBO EVERYDAY TO EARN OUR MEANS, SO WHEN WE GOT UP EVERY DAY WE CURSE THE DAY BECAUSE WE USED TO TRAVEL COLOMBO AND STAY MORETHAN 10 HOURS A DAY THERE. SO WE WERE LIKE SLAVES BECAUSE WE HATE TO GO COLOMBO BUT NO OTHER OPTION. MOST VALUABLE LIVES OF MY FRIENDS SACRIFIED THEIR LIVE FOR L.T.T.E. SUICIDES BOMBS, VEHICLE BOMBS WHILE THEY TRAVEL-IN AND OUT COLOMBO AND ADJOINING CITIES.

    L.T.T.E. KILLED THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS IN COLOMBO BY BOMBING CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA, FORT RAILWAY STATION, INLAND REVENUE DEPT, COLOMBO AIRPORT, COLOMBO HARBOUR, OIL REFINERIES, RAILWAY TRAINS, COMMON BUSES ETC. PEOPLE HERE WERE SEEN BLOOD BATHS WHICH DID NOT WANT TO SEE OR ACTED LIKE BLINDS BY CHANNEL 4, BBC AND AL-JASEERA. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES HERE LIVING WITHOUT FATHERS AND MOTHERS, THEIR FAMILY MEMEBERS. THEY ALL ARE CIVILIANS WHOM NOT CONTRIBUTED TO THE WAR EVEN BY SENDING THEIR RELATIVES. WHO IS TALKING ABOUT THEIR GREIVENCES?

    I AM TALKING ABOUT OUR SOLDIERS, BECAUSE THEY JOIN WITH FORCES TO FIGHT UNTIL DIE. SO WHY YOU ALL WORRY ABOUT DEAD L.T.T.E. TIGERS, SOME OF THEM JOINED WITH L.T.T.E. BY THEIR OWN AND OTHER BY FORCE. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO WAR CAN FORCES IDENTIFY THE CONDITION OF EACH AND EVERY L.T.T.E.CARDER WHILE SHOOTING AT OUR FORCES. CAN OUR FORCES ASK EACH L.T.T.E MEMBER “HERE DO YOU JOIN WITH L.T.T.E. BY YOUR OWN OR RECRUITED BY FORCE”? MADNESS.

    L.T.T.E. WAS NOT A FORMAL ARMY WORED FORMAL MILITARY SUIT, THEY WORE LIKE CIVILIANS, THEY WORE MILITARY SUITS LOOTED FROM OUR FORCES, THEY HAD MANY CHILD SOLDIERS WORE ONLY RUBBER SLIPPERS, AND BIG SHIRTS AND SHORT BOTTOMS. NOT THAT THEY ARE NOT HAVING ENOUGH FUNDS TO GIVE FORMAL MILITARY SUIT TO THEIR CARDERS, BUT TO SHOW TO THE WORLD THAT OUR FORCES KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND CHILDREN (AFTER REMOING THEIR ARMS FROM DEAD BODIES).

    EVERY DEAD BODY LIED IN BATTLE FIELD BELONGED TO L.T.T.E. LIKE OUR FORCES DIED IN BATTLE FIELD. EVERY DEAD BODY IN REFUGEE CAMPS BELONGED TO CIVILIANS. BECAUSE, WAR GIVES MAXIMIUM DAMAGE TO CIVILIANS LIKE CIVILIANS DIED IN COLOMBO AND OTHER CITIES. EVERY INFANT AND CHILD DIED IN WAR WAS INNOCENT LIKE, INFANTS LIVED IN REMOTE SINHALESE AND MUSLIM VILLAGES AND KILLED BY L.T.T.E. BY STANGLING, CUTTING THEIR THROATS, HITTING ON TREES, ON FLOORS, ON ROCKS. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE OF THEIR LIVES. BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE ASPECT. OUR FORCES HAD NO INTENSION TO KILL INNOCENTS, BUT THEY ENTRAPPED AMOUNG THE WAR AREAS AND MISFIRED. BUT L.T.T.E. CAME TO THOSE VILLAGE EVERY NIGHT AND KILLED HUNDREDS OF MENS, WOMANS, OLD PEOPLE, CHILDREN, INFANTS AND PREGNANT WOMANS BY CUTTING THEIR BELLY AND DRAG OUT THE WHOOM. THAT IS THE DIFFERENT. BUT SURE MORETHAN 95% TAMILS HERE NOT WERE WITH L.T.T.E., BUT THEY WERE VERY AFRAID OF L.T.T.E., SO THEY NEVER OPENED THEIR MOUTHS AGAINST L.T.T.E.

    SO CHANNEL 4, DID YOU ASK OUR PEOPLE (TAMIL, MUSLIM AND SINHALA) THE GRIVENCES THEY FACED IN PRESENCE OF L.T.T.E. DID YOU MAKE ANY FILMS TO DESCRIBE AND REVEAL THE WORLD ABOUT BRUTALISM OF L.T.T.E. AND THE DESTINY THAT OUR PEOPLE FACED SEVERELY? WHY YOU ALL LOOK ONLY ONE SIDE OF STORY? YOU ALL ARE BIASED? YOU ARE NOT LATE TO MAKE A DOCUMENTARY TO DESCRIBE ABOUT US. BECAUSE YOUR DOCUMANTARY EMPHASISED THE WORLD THE TAMIL ARE ONLY VICTIMS. SO IS IT REASONABLE FOR MEDIA LIKE YOU? YOU LOVED TALKED ONLY ABOUT TAMIL VICTIMS AND L.T.T.E.? REMEMBER THERE ARE NEARLY 12 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING HERE YOU NEVER EVER TAKE INTO YOUR ACCOUT AND TOTALLY IGNORED. SO THINK HOW YOU ALL ARE BIASED?

    YOU ARE NOT A MOVIE MAKING COMPANY LIKE MGM OR COLOMBIA. YOU ARE A RESPONSIBLE ELECTRONIC MEDIA ADDRESSING WORLD. YOUR INTENTION TO ACCUSE G.O.S.L. BECAUSE FEW OF YOUR CHANNEL FOUR STAFF MEMBERS EXCILED HERE DURING WAR TIMES, SO YOU ALL DECIDED TO TAKE REVANGE FROM G.O.S.L. PLEASE DON’T DO CHEAP MEDIA TRICKS.

    1. Nuremberg says:

      Dyan Alwis,
      It is not the responsibility of a any broadcaster(including Channel 4)to devote its scarce resources to the full history of an ethnic conflict. In fairness to Channel4, it had done reports of rioting and disturbances in Sri Lanka for a long period. May be you have not noticed it.
      It is a crucial role of any broadcaster to forensically investigate and report on alleged human-rights abuses, Genocide, extra-judicial killings and war-crimes.Because of the seriousness of the allegations against Sri Lanka, She is the latest to be covered in the documentary.Other countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Mayanmar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and The Balkans, have had similar issues reported on the ‘Despatches Programme’.
      Successive Sri Lankan governments made a definite choice to go to war to resolve an ethnic conflict. The fall-out from that decision has to be dealt with by the UN and ICC in The Hague.
      I have yet to meet a Sri Lankan Tamil family without either an orphan, widow,widower or lost siblings as a result of this conflict. So, next time, think again, before oppressing a minority and treating them like second- class citizens. India and China won’t solve this problem for you!!!

  232. Dyan Alwis says:

    NUREMBERG,
    C4 IS GOING AROUND THE WORLD WITH THIS DOCUMENTARY TO EARN MONEY AND GIVE MAXIMUM DAMAGE TO THE SRI LANKA TO TAKE THEIR REVANGE AS THEY CHASED OUT DURING WAR TIMES.

    ANY MEDIA SHOULD NOT BIASED AND TRY TO BE UNBIASED, SO ALWAYS READY TO GIVE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THE VISIONS OF OTHER SIDES, SO WE CALLED THEM AS RESPECTABLE MEDIAS. ANY ONE COULD SEE THE TRUTH OF THIS MATTER BY WATCHING MOST OF THE NEWS CHANNELS IN THE WORLD. WHAT THEY DO IS THEY INTERVIEW THE OTHER PARTIES, OR MAKE DOCUMENTARY TO EXPRESS THE VIEW OF OTHER PARTIES, BECAUSE ANY MEDIA WON’T EARN ANYTHING BY BEING BIASED AND THEY HAVE NO INTENTION TO CREATE TROUBLES ON ANY SIDES OR GIVING SOLUTIONS TO ANY SIDES. SO PEOPLE START TO BELEIVE SUCH MEDIAS BECAUSE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY MEDIA JUST TO REPORT THE MATTER AND NOT TO CREATE MATTERS AND OR SOLVE MATTERS, BECAUSE IT IS NOT THEIR DUTY.

    BUT WH CANNOT SEE THIS TRUTH BY LOOKING AT C4, BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS TRY TO ACCUSE SRI LANKA BY ALLIEGED WAR CRIMES BY TOUCHING THE SURFACE OF MATTER WE HAD, BY LOOKING ONLY ONE SIDE. DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY JUST TOUCHED THE MATTER BUT THEY COULD HAVE TO BE INTERVIEWED THE OTHER SIDES ALSO. DID THEY DO THAT ?

    1. Thamilan says:

      Dyan Alwis,
      C4 is not in fact making money but you should well know that you would have to pay for the use of another’s copyrights. If they were trying to get revenge, what was the need for Sri Lanka to chase out foreign media and aid? I think if you learned English you mean Media shouldn’t be biased. But why is almost 99% of Sri Lanka’s media biased? Why are the Tamil issues being ignored and there is an over publication of Sri Lanka’s so called victory? C4 did not really interview anyone other then International Officials instated by the UN, who is the other side of the UN? And even if they did interview”the other side” there would be obvious “involvement” in what the person says. C4’s intentions aren’t to create problems or solutions but to bring awareness to something that has been hidden in the world’s media, The Truth! C4’s purpose was to publicize the UN’s official document on their investigations in Sri Lanka.

  233. Nuremberg says:

    Dyan Alwis,
    In an ideal situation- a country where its citizens enjoy freedom of expression and can talk freely to the media, it is possible to inject a great deal of objectivity and interview both parties to the conflict.Sadly this is not the case with Sri Lanka. To the best of my knowledge, no Sri Lankan Diplomat or Government Official has come to channel4 to challenge the video footage and give a robust rebuttal. This opportunity is always offered to a Government Official/ Diplomat before the programme is aired. Instead, a challenge was made through the Regulator (Off.com), who refused to stop the broadcast.It is the key role of the UN to prosecute War-Crimes and Genocide through its ICC. Channel4’s role is complete, when it has forensically investigated the alleged war-crimes and Genocide, and responsibly reported on it.Channel4 is not a policeman. The allegations could have been easily covered-up and then forgotten were it not for Channel4’s great effort. The estimated loss of life, in the final phase of the war alone, is about 13 times the number killed in the 9/11 attacks. That to me is a very serious matter deserving in-depth investigation and coverage.

  234. Dyan Alwis says:

    THAMILIAN,

    SEEMS YOU ARE LIVING OUTSIDE SRI LANKA FOR A LONG TIME. SO YOU ALSO HAVING A BAD PICTURE OF SRI LANAKA WHICH TOTALLY GIVEN YOU BY WESTERN MEDIA AND TAMIL NET. NO WONDER YOU ALSO THINK LIKE MOST OTHER TAMILS LIVING ABROAD. I’M NOT TRYING TO FIND FAULT WITH YOU ALL.

    REMEMBER L.T.T.E. WAS A MINORITY PART CAME FROM MAJORITY TAMIL COMMUNITY HERE. SO IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT L.T.T.E. REPRESENTED WHOLE TAMIL COMMUNITY. IF SO THERE CANNONT BE OTHER PARTIES HERE TO REPRESENT TAMILS SUCH AS T.U.L.F., T.N.A., E.P.D.P., C.W.C, U.P.F., W.P.F. ETC., INCLUDING U.N.P., S.L.F.P., J.V.P., COMMUNIST AND MARXISTS PARTIES ETC, ARE REPRESENTING DIFFERENT KIND OF TAMIL SUB CULTURES HERE. THEY ALL WERE UNDER THREAT OF L.T.T.E. BUT NOW THEY ALL ARE FREE AND DECIDED TO GO WITH GOVT., TO BRING GOOD TO THE PEOPLE LIVING HERE.

    PEOPLE LIVING IN NORTH AND EAST ARE ENJOYING FREEDOM WITH GREAT EXPECTATIONS OF THEIR LIVES. RECENTLY I VISITED THOSE PLACES AND I COULD FOUND THIS TRUTH. GOVT. HAS GRANTED THEM AGAIN THE VOTING POWER WHICH DEPRIVED FOR LAST 30 YEARS OF RULE UNDER L.T.T.E. CLUTCHES. BUT THINGS HAS CHANGED A LOT NOW SO GOVT. HELD PRESIDENTIAL, PARLIAMENTARY, LOCAL GOVT ELECTIONS TO APPOINT THE PEOPLE TAMILS AND MUSLIMS LIKES TO DELEGATE, REPRESENT AND WORK ON BEHALF OF THEM. GOVT. IS GOING TO HELD PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTION (PROPOSED BY INDIAN GOVT IN 1987 WITH CONSENT OF L.T.T.E.) DURING NEXT YEAR. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW MANY ELECTIONS HELD BY L.T.T.E. DURING THEIR TIME? THEY CONTROLLED PEOPLE BY GUNS AND THREAT.

    TELL ME WHAT GOVT NOT GIVE TO THE TAMILS LIVING NORTH AND EAST? GOVT.GIVE HOUSES, ROADS, SCHOOLS, WATER, ELECTRICITY, TRANSPORT, FOOD AND LODGING, SUBSIDIES, VARIOUS EQUIPMENTS, EMPLOYMENTS ETC. SOMETIMES YOU ALL MAY NOT KNOW THAT G.O.S.L. PUT WHOLE BURDEN ON US TO EARN TAXES, DUTIES, LEVYS TO DO ALL GOODS TO THE PEOPLE LIVING NORTH AND EAST. WE HAVE NO OBJECTIONS AS THEY ALSO A PART OF OUR SRI LANKA. REMEMBER GOVT. DOING MORE AND MORE TO THEM THAN US NOW, BUT WE ALL KNOW THEY DID NOT ENTRTAINED THOSE FACILITIES FOR LAST 30 YEARS. SO NOW GOVT GIVING THEM ALL EXCEPT THE LIVES OF THEIR RELATIONS DIED DURING WAR TIME, WITH THE HELP OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

    NOT ONLY THE TAMILS BUT ALSO THE SINHALESE PEOPLE WERE CHEATED BY FORMER U.N.P. AND S.L.F.P. GOVTS, BY J.R.J., D.S.S., DUDLY, S.W.R.D.B. P.R.,C,B,K., TAMILS WERE DECEIVED BY CHELVANAYAGAM, PONNAMBALAM, AMIRTHALINGAM ETC. BUT NOW IT HAS TO COME TO AN END, G.O.S.L. CANNOT PLAY THAT GAME AGAIN AND SEEMS THEY ARE NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT TO DO IT AGAIN FOR US. REMEMBER IT IS SIMILAR TO THE EXTREAMIST GROUPS LIKE L.T.T.E., J.V.P. AND J.H.U. PEOPLE WON’T TOLARATE ANYMORE.

    SO, WHY YOU ALL NOT THINK OF FUTURE OF SRI LANKA? WHY YOU ALL ARE ONLY GO AFTER PAST? PAST IS PAST, NONE OF US COULD GIVE BIRTH TO PAST. TAMILS WERE HEAVILY SUFFRED UNDER L.T.T.E. CLUTCHES THAN SINHALESE AND MISLIMS HERE. NOW THEY ARE LIVING VERY HAPPILY. YOU ALSO COME AND HELP THEM TO BRING THEIR LIVES UP AND IT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DUTY. WAR VICTIMS IN ANY WAR ARE INNOCENT UNARMED PEOPLE CONSISTING OF ELDERS, CHILDREN, INFANTS AND WOMAN. THE FACT THAT COMMON, NOT ONLY FOR TAMILS BUT ALSO FOR MANY, MANY SINHALESE AND MUSLIMS LIVING HERE. WE HAVE A SORROW IN OUR HEARTS ABOUT DEAD LIVES AMONG INNOCENT TAMILS AND MUSLIMS DIED IN NORTH AND EAST AS WELL AS SINAHALESE DIED IN NORTH,EAST AND SOUTH.

    SO NO GOOD COULD DONE TO TAMILS LIVING HERE BY MAKING DOCUMENTARIES AGAINST G.O.S.L. IN WON’T BRING A CENT TO THE GOOD OF TAMILS, MUSLIMS, SINAHALSES DIED AND LIVING HERE. ONLY BENIFITTED PARTY IS CHANNEL 4 AND THEIR GOVTS. BY POINTING FINGERS AT ASIAN COUNTIES LIKE US, TO HIDE THOUSANDS OF THEIR FAULTS FROM THEIR PEOPLE AND FROM THE WHOLE WORLD. THAT IS THE TRUTH.

    IF JAPAN DECIDED TO TAKE REVANGE FROM U.S.A. AFTER THEY BOMBED BY U.S.A. WE CANNOT HAVE A DEVELOPED JAPAN NOW. THEY FORGET EVERY THING AND START TO WORK FROM ZERO. VIETMAN BOMBED BY U.S.A. FOR NEARLY 25 YEARS, BUT THEY FORGET EVERY THING AND DID TRADE TIES WITH U.S.A.HITLER WERE IN GERMANY BOMBED THE WHOLE EUROPE AND RUSSIA BUT EUROPE GAVE THEIR HANDS TO GERMANY TO GETUP FROM CRISIS. THEY ALL REACHED TOWARDS THEIR GOALS.

    BY CONTINUOSLY DOING BAD WON’T BRING ANY GOOD TO YOU, YOUR PEOPLE AND G.O.S.L. WE CALLED IT AS LOOSE-LOOSE THEORY. YOU CANNOT DIVERT THE PATH OF SRI LANKA WHICH NOW GOING SO FORTH, BY DOING SUCH BAD THINGS, AND CANNOT FOAM SEPARATE COUNTRY IN SRI LANKA IN FUTURE BY DOING ALL THESE AGAIN AND AGAIN. SO DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME TO DO ALL THESE NONESENSE WHICH NEVER EVER FRUITFUL FOR NONE OF US.

    SO DON’T GO ALONG THE PATH SHOWED BY SO CALLED SYMPATHISERS LIKE CHANNEL 4 REPRESENTING EU AND USA AND THEY WON’T DO ANY GOOD TO YOU ALL. THEY DID THIS TO THE WHOLE WORLD AND NOW MOST OF THEM ARE FIGHTING EACH OTHER. THEIR POLICY IS CREATING PROBLEMS AND THEN RULE BY DIVIDING COMMUNITIES. THEY DID SAME RECENTLY TO SUDAN. SO COME BACK TO YOUR MOTHER LAND AND DO WHATEVER GOOD TO YOUR PEOPLE LIVING HERE, NOT FOR US OR TO THE GOVT. IT IS THOSAND TIMES WORTH THAN BY JUST TALKING AND GOING AFTER EU AND USA LIKE CATTLES. I LIKE TO REMIND YOU ALL AGAIN, IT IS YOUR ULTIMATE OBLIGATION AND DUTY TOWARDS YOUR OWN PEOPLE. THANK YOU.

  235. Donald says:

    What channel4 shown to to the world is pinnacle ethnic cleaning carried out by successive Sri Lankan governments did since independence from British in 1948.

    Sri Lanka is not a single county it is created by administrative purpose of colonial rule in 1802.

    Tamils and SInhalese have predominately different religious backgrounds, language and customs.

    Fought for control of territories in pre colonial era.

    Tamils lived in peace with Sinhalse after independent with British created Ceylon (SL)

    Majority Sinhalese used parliamentary democracy to discriminate and marginalise Tamils in language education, development.

    Tamils asked for 50:50 in early 1950, then peaceful demonstration against state ( like Arab spring)

    Reaction from the Sinhasale state and its 99% Sinhalese army and police was same as Syrian situation.

    Tamils tigers were born.

    Tigers used violence against state against violent mono-ethnic state and people elected the governments came to power in mandate to deny political demands of Tamils since 1965.

    World governments pampered Sinhala state until it gain morale confidence to carry out systematic genocide until May 2009.

    Then put the finger up to those powers.

  236. Martin says:

    Many thanks to Jon and his team for bringing such a news. It is a disgrace against human race and its a challenge to the modern world. I am very upset on seeing those evidences. I don’t understand why the UN left the srilanka inspite of knowing many people will be killed.bring everyone to justice whether its SLA or LTTE, But please help those civilians.
    hey people stop playing the blame game instead lets fight to bring the truth out. Whoever is responsible for this should be brought to justice. If you want the truth to come out please sign the petition and lets all ask the UN secretary general to order an enquiry into this genocide.

  237. Martin says:

    Many thanks to Jon and his team for bringing such a news. It is a disgrace against human race and its a challenge to the modern world. I am very upset on seeing those evidences. I don’t understand why the UN left the srilanka inspite of knowing many people will be killed. Bring everyone to justice whether its SLA or LTTE, But please help those civilians.
    hey people stop playing the blame game instead lets fight to bring the truth out. Whoever is responsible for this should be brought to justice. If you want the truth to come out please sign the petition and lets all ask the UN secretary general to order an enquiry into this genocide. Please go to this link and sign the petition for the cause of the human dignity.

  238. P Amman says:

    So that’s what it’s all about isn’t it Jon? You want to be a part of history, no matter the truth or no matter what the consequences of your program. I am truly disgusted with people like you who have no real concern about people, but want your 15 minutes of fame. Dr Nadesan, a Tamil, who writs about people like you in his blog:
    http://noelnadesan.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/media-and-the-suffering-of-the-tamil-people/

  239. Nuremberg says:

    P Amman,
    Channel4 documentary is about the truth,it is concerned about allegations of War Crimes and Genocide.About 40,000 civilians have been killed in the closing phase of the war,in May 2009.The Government of Sri Lanka must account for it by allowing an independent investigation backed by the UN.If that is not about people, and it disgusts you, so be it. No one except the perpetrators of these crimes, wants to be part of the bloody history of this island which was once a very peaceful country. The website and blog you refer to is a work of fiction.It does not do any justice to the living innocent,and civilians who were killed, when the allegation is that a powerful despot ordered a commander in the battlefield to “Do whatever is necessary to finish the job”.This tells you what the Sri Lankan Tamils were up against throughout the past five decades. Blaming the Media, LTTE,The Tamil Diaspora and Terrorism can’t and won’t do for a cover up of ethnic cleansing.

  240. Nelum says:

    Vancouver Sun 31 May 2011 Tamil migrant ordered deported over Tigers’ video “Shepherd Moss, had argued that the movie could have been mere entertainment, perhaps even a spoof.”
    http://www.vancouversun.com/story_print.html?id=4864184&sponsor=

    1. Nuremberg says:

      Nelum,
      Please stop this kind of false propaganda.The news item in the ‘Vancouver Sun’ has no relevance or bearing to the Channel4’s documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s killing-Fields’. I have no respect for people or their despot leaders, who try to trivialize the deaths of around 40000+ innocent civilians.

    2. Bharath says:

      Dear Nuremberg- I am not sure it is 40000+ or much more. I just want to inform you that Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna laid the foundation stone to build 50,000 homes for the people in IDP campls in Novemberg 2010. After 8 months only 50 homes have been built and reviewed by Nirupama Rao , the just retired Foreign Secretary of India. You can not win with these guys. They are law unto themselves and they lie thro’ their teeth and their souls are barren. I really appreciate your tenacity to hang in there and reply.

  241. Nomad says:

    I just returned from Kathmandu and had the opportunity to attend the showing of the Killing Fields documentary as part of Film South Asia ’11. It was an amazing feeling to see the issues discussed in a debate that took place after the showing on the issues of the disappeared and the planned TRC in Nepal itself, to the role of India as a regional superpower, and the search by journalists and civil society for space to report and discuss human rights and accountability. It is a powerful film and deserves to be seen and discussed not only in the west but in the neighbourhood of Sri Lanka. The film reinforces in graphic detail why the Government has to be held accountable for its actions. However, while comment is made in the film on the LTTE using civilians as human shields, it would have been helpful to know more, see more and hear more about how this was experienced by people on the ground and how it shaped the final weeks. More reason why a full investigation is needed and why truth and justice must not be sacrificed to seeming stability and silence. It was great to see documentary provoking debate in Kathmandu…..well done

  242. Ms Nicole Young says:

    THANK YOU for Jon Snow for the presentation of the forensic investigation. Furthermore I heard that Channel 4 has commissioned ITN Productions to make a follow-up film to Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields. Please e-mail the details of the program. According to UN report, government of Sri Lanka committed war crimes. Government records show that 430,000 people were living in the Vanni in 2008. After the final days of the war, the government moved civilians into camps which held 290,000 people, according to UN statistics. The killings accounted for 40,000 people. The whereabouts of the remaining 100,000 are still not known except that a large number of people picked up in white vans simply disappeared without a trace. I kindly request the Channel 4 News Team; please investigate the whereabouts of the remaining 100,000 innocent Tamil people. Thank you again. Ms Nicole Young

  243. Ms Nicole Young says:

    THANK YOU for Jon Snow for the presentation of the forensic investigation. Furthermore I heard, Channel 4 has commissioned ITN Productions to make a follow-up film to Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields.
    According to UN report, government of Sri Lanka committed war crimes. Government records show that 430,000 people were living in the Vanni in 2008. After the final days of the war, the government moved civilians into camps which held 290,000 people, according to UN statistics. The killings accounted for 40,000 people. The whereabouts of the remaining 100,000 are still not known except that a large number of people picked up in white vans simply disappeared without a trace.
    Therefore I kindly request the Channel 4 News Team and Jon Snow to investigate the whereabouts of the remaining 100,000 innocent Tamil people. Thank you again.
    Ms Nicole Young

  244. Vani Kumar says:

    Sri lankan President Rajapaksa and Sri Lankan Army are still committing crimes against the innocent Tamil civilians right this moment. Therefore President Rajapaksa and co regime and his followers should be brought to international criminal court. Disregard about the diplomatic immunity in President Rajapaksa regime because President Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan Army killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians including small children therefore President Rajapaksa government should be punish without any further delay.

  245. TMama says:

    It is silly to give so much publicity to diaspora groups from a third world war who funded a criminal bunch to carry out mass killings that provided ideas to Al Queda. Not content with the massive killings achieved over the 30 year war LTTE killer instincts were still on the rampage. Eo certain were they of the power they weild with their bank balances in the West, ven in April 2009, While occpiers of the Westminister green were shouting ‘No surrender’ their counterparts in Puthukuduiruppu were brazenly sending suicide missions to rby refugee centres, Colombo city centre and Akuressa Mosque. While the Sri Lankan public were able to connect the dots with interviews with the Doctors who escaped the scene, guilt ridden pparachiks like Daya Master, former foot soldiers Colonel Karuna and others sadly Channel 4 programme tok a very gullible view – were they too lty of corruption. Why did Channel4 not publicise ‘Lies Agreed Upon’ gramme Sri Lankan High Commission provided.

  246. Alex Thompson says:

    I have seen the Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields programmein 4oD. Thanks for your bravery and reporting the hidden Massacre to the whole world. It’s very clear from UN report and your programme, that Sri Lankan Government has committed horrific war crimes against the Tamil civilian population. If Sri Lankan Government disagrees with Channel 4, why are they still not allowing UN independent observers into the affected areas to find out the truth?

  247. NY Nathan says:

    After the UN was formed, there were 3 genocide

    1)Germany Hitler NAZIs against Jews

    2)Rwanda against TUTSIs

    and Now Srilankan genocide of Tamils but the international community took actions againt the first two genocide. Despite growing evidence of genocide in Srilanka, Why the Srilanka is EXCEPTION????

  248. Rita Warren says:

    Many Thanks again for C4.The World has never seen such barbarian brutality. For example, C4 film shows naked bodies of Tamil women, who seem to have been sexually abused before being killed. Lewd remarks from the soldiers like, “I really want to cut her tits off, if no one was around,” bring out the beastly nature of the government forces. C4 film provide evidences for any non-Tamil to understand how the Sri Lankan army can be so brutal against its own civilians.

  249. psraj1304 says:

    Big thank you for brought tureth about what happend in srilanka. We will give support for channel for until i die.

  250. Jonas55 says:

    Thankyou Channel4 team for this very rare genuine journalism. Love and hope to all those involved.

  251. Donald says:

    Thanks for the Channel 4 to bring some truth of brutal Sri Lankan regime and it supporters in Sri Lanka and in this forum.
    These two documentaries have only brought the intention of ALL Sri Lankan governments in past and present. The world has to realise that all Sri governments are franchised by Singhalse people and propped up few Tamils purports to be Tamils for showcasing to the world. Ethic violence perpetrated by all Sri Lankan governments since 1948 after British left SL.
    Tamils have given the democratic mandate for and independent homeland in 1977 to its Tamils political party after all peaceful means of dialogue & agitation were crushed by killing and torturing by 99% Sinhalse armed and police force sinse independent from the British.
    Tamils tiger were the product of subsequent Singhalse governments and used terror tactic as to deterrent to state sponsored violence on Tamils to its property and Israel style land grappling by chasing border Tamils villages and state sponsored colonisation in Tamil land. Then militarization of border Tamils villages with Singhalse geabbing Tamil’s land lead to terror attack by Tamils tigers over settlers at to time. and still continues.

  252. fabrication @ its best says:

    Its just in one word Fabrication @ its best,,,

  253. Alex Thompson, UK says:

    Ref: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished. Thanks Channel 4 Team for this excellent program.
    It is high time for the Sri Lankan government to accept that war crimes committed in 2009 and implement UN human rights council resolution March 2012.
    Otherwise International community must impose economic sanctions and expel Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth.

  254. Catherine Port-Preston says:

    This is not unbiased journalism. There are two sides to every story. This documentary tells only one.

    1. Bharath says:

      What is the other story? Eliminating LTTE was the assigned task of SLA, but not at the cost of more than 40,000 innocent people. If you need the full story, please read The Cage by Gordon Weiss.

    2. nuremberg says:

      This is no longer a story with two or more sides.This documentary encapsulates the closing stages of an ethnic conflict in which other countries like India and China provided support indirectly and directly. You have to walk past the innocent civilians, children killed(40000+) ,injured and the orphans left behind through this conflict which started more than sixty years ago to invent another twisted story.
      Then, read what the UN Panel of Experts have said about the the closing stages of this conflict, which also estimates losses on both sides to the conflict. What you may discover is more likely to be closer to Genocide than to war crimes and human rights abuses perpetrated on a minority community.

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