Mrs Ambihai Selvakumar began her hunger strike on Friday 26 February 2021 and concluded her protest 17 days later on Monday 15 March 2021. During the hunger strike, she did not consume any food only water.

Brent Central's Labour MP, Dawn Butler, commended Mrs Ambihai Selvakumar and spoke on the topic in the House of Commons. Selvakumar's campaign gained attention globally and in countries such as France and Switzerland holding rallies in support of her difficult journey. Many joined her by participating in solidarity hunger strikes in North-East London.

Ilford South Labour MP, Sam Tarry also addressed Ambihai Selvakumar in a 1 minute and 57 second video message describing her protest as "peaceful" and doesn't want her hunger strike to "go unnoticed".

The British Parliament held a debate on Thursday, March 18 2021 following the conclusion of her protest. The topic of discussion was "UK's Commitment to Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka"

How can Tamils live happily? We don't have our basic rights. We can't eat, we can't sleep and we can't even mourn the death of our loved ones.

- Ambihai Selvakumar

Mrs Selvakumar requested for 1 of her 4 demands to be met by the British Government  before she would end her Hunger Strike:

1.     Recommend to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly that Sri Lanka be referred to the International Criminal Court and take steps to effectively investigate charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

2.     Establish an International Independent Investigative Mechanism (IIIM), akin to those established for Syria and Myanmar, which mandates the evidence of international crimes and human rights violations be collected and prepared for criminal prosecutions. A meaningful IIIM must have a strict time frame.

3.     Mandate that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) appoint a Special Rapporteur to continue to monitor Sri Lanka for on-going violations and have an OHCHR field presence in Sri Lanka.

4.     Recommend an UN-monitored Referendum to determine the aspirations of the Eelam Tamil people in Sri Lanka, on the basis that the North-East of Sri Lanka is the traditional Tamil homeland and the Eelam Tamils have the right to self-determination.

Ambihai concluded her strike after a resolution was proposed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday 12 March 2021.

Click to watch Ambihai Selvakumar address the public.