Release Human Rights Defender Stan Swamy SJ
Irish Jesuits International / by Irish Jesuits International
Fr Swamy is in poor health. He is hearing impaired and has Parkinson’s disease, and there have been calls from around the world – including from Pope Francis – to free him. He had been harrassed by authorities for some time and anticipated the likelihood of his arrest. He spoke about it in a video he made just two days before it occurred. But he is still in prison, and had his application for bail rejected on 22nd March 2021.
On hearing the news of the bail refusal, the Jesuits’ Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) in Rome released a Statement of Solidarity in which Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ said:
Canadian Jesuits call for the release of 83-year-old human rights defender
Broadview / by Kiernan Green
Jesuits in Canada and around the world continue to call for the release of Father Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old Indian Jesuit and human rights defender charged and imprisoned under India’s anti-terror laws…
The Indian Jesuit father advocated for the land rights of the Indigenous people of eastern India for five decades. In 2018, he co-filed a public interest litigation on behalf of over 3,000 Adivasi villagers imprisoned without the due process of a timely trial.
Video: Campaigns calling for release of India´s Father Stan Swamy continue
en | 2:36min | 2021
By Rome Reports
This Rome Reports video above features efforts — including those made by the Jesuits — to free Indian Father Stan Swamy from prison.