Ambihai Selvakumar, the British Tamil woman hunger striking in demand of Sri Lanka’s referral to the International Criminal Court, continues to receive support and solidarity from politicians around the world.
In a video message today, Selvakumar’s 15th day without food, British Labour MP Sam Tarry said he was working to ensure that her hunger strike will not go unnoticed or be in vain.
“I’m proud to represent thousands of Tamil Sri Lankan members of my local community. They are often in touch with me about some of the egregious issues that affect Tamils on the island of Sri Lanka,” Tarry said.
“Most recently, the heart rending story [of] a passionate advocate of human rights and justice, a British Sri Lankan Tamil, by the name of Ambihai. She is currently at the moment, running a very difficult thing, a hunger strike, starving herself in Gandhian principles, as well as peacefully, demonstrating and highlighting some of the ongoing issues that impact the Sri Lankan community of Tamils on the island of Sri Lanka, so severely.”
“Her community, and my community in Ilford South of Tamils, have asked me to write to the Foreign Commonwealth Office, to the Foreign Secretary, to make clear that we support human rights, and that her plight, her hunger strike will not go unnoticed, it's not being done in vain. So we made representations at the very highest level, about the ongoing injustices and human rights violations that are being undertaken by the Sri Lankan government.”
“And I continue as the MP for Ilford South to support the Tamil community and its struggle for self-determination, and to ensure that the human rights of all, on the island of Sri Lanka are upheld.”