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Tamils in Amparai launch hunger strike as calls for Sri Lanka's referral to the ICC continue

Tamils in Amparai began a hunger strike yesterday calling on the international community to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The protest was staged outside Pandiruppu Amman temple in Kalmunai, Amparai, in solidarity with British Tamil activist Ambihai K Selvakumar who has been hunger striking for eight days, calling for decisive international action. 

Sri Lankan police ordered a court ban in an attempt to block the protest which was set to begin in Pottuvil on March 3. However, due to police disruption, it was relocated to Kalmunai. 

As the UNHRC meets this month, Tamils in the North-East and in the diaspora have undertaken hunger strikes and protests calling on the international community, particularly members of the Core Group on Sri Lanka, to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC. 

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