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Jesuits take stand for imprisoned Indian priest / Catholics in Nagaland protest arrest

Jesuits take stand for imprisoned Indian priest / Catholics in Nagaland protest arrest

Jesuits take stand for imprisoned Indian priest

22/11/2020

Catholic register / by Michael Swan

Canada’s Jesuit provincial superior Fr. Erik Oland has asked the Canadian government to intervene in the case of Fr. Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old Jesuit priest with Parkinson’s imprisoned in an Indian prison where he faces bizarre and vague charges under a new national security law.
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Stand with Stan: Catholics in Nagaland protest arrest of rights activist

20/11/2020

Eastern Mirror / by Eastern Mirror Correspondent

Joining the countrywide protest, the Catholic community in Nagaland held a silent protest on the Theme, “Stand with Stan”, in Kohima on Tuesday to show their displeasure over the arrest of 83-year-old Fr. Stan Swamy.
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Silent rally taken out seeking Stan Swamy’s release / Christians ask Indian leaders to ensure bail for Jesuit

Silent rally taken out seeking Stan Swamy’s release / Christians ask Indian leaders to ensure bail for Jesuit


Kohima, Nov 17, 2020

Silent rally taken out in Belagavi seeking Stan Swamy’s release

18/11/2020

The Hindu / by Special Correspondent

Members of several Christian organisations took out a silent rally in Belagavi on Tuesday to protest against what they called the unlawful arrest of pro-people activist and Jesuit priest Stan Swamy.
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Christians ask Indian leaders to ensure bail for elderly Jesuit

18/11/2020

UCA News / by UCA News reporter

President and PM urged to seek release of Father Swamy, whose health is deteriorating in jail.
Christian leaders have appealed to the Indian president and prime minister to help end the detention of an elderly Jesuit after the priest wrote to a colleague saying that his deteriorating health has rendered him unable to eat or drink without help from jail inmates.
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Campaign: Jharkhand drive against Centre’s `rights violations´

Campaign: Jharkhand drive against Centre’s `rights violations´

The Telegraph / by Animesh Bisoee

Tribal groups in state launch campaign.
At a meeting held on Sunday evening at Bihar Club in Ranchi, over 50 representatives unanimously decided that the arrest of Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy, 83, by the National Investigation Agency on fabricated charges, denial of bail and delay in grant of permission to use a straw and sipper cup for drinking to a person suffering from Parkinson’s disease has exposed the Centre’s desperation against those who raise voices for tribal, minorities and Dalits. They said people at village level need to be made aware about the government’s agenda.
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We stand with Stan / Tura Churches appeal for release of arrested Priest

We stand with Stan / Tura Churches appeal for release of arrested Priest

Pic: Arrupe International Residence, Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, East Asian Pastoral Institute

We stand with Stan

10/11/2020

Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific / Arrupe International Residence, East Asian Pastoral Institute, JCAP, Jesuits in South Asia

Many of us have been inspired by Fr Stan Swamy SJ through his talks and writings as the former director of the Bangalore Indian Social Institute and an unflinching Adivasi human rights activist in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha, India. His recorded remarks: “I am ready to pay the price whatever be it” inspires us to engage more avowedly in the struggle for a green and just world.
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Rally: CHALLENGES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

10/11/2020

By Indian Social Institute

On 12 Nov’20, ISI-B, Archdiocese of Bangalore, CRI, PUCL, DSS & CSOs jointly organizing a Public Rally and Protest on CHALLENGES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS. Rally starts @ 3.00 pm from Gandhi Statue to Freedom Park, Bengaluru.
For updates click here

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Tura Churches appeal for release of arrested Jesuit Priest

09/11/2020

The Shillong Times / by Shillong Times Correspondent

Submits memo to PM Modi.
The Tura Based Christian Churches (TBCC) a combined religious body comprising of various Christian denominations of the town on Monday dashed off a memorandum to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi appealing for the immediate release of Jesuit Priest, Fr Stan Swamy who was earlier arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
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United Forum for Adivasi Rights protest demanding immediate release of Father Stan Swamy

United Forum for Adivasi Rights protest demanding immediate release of Father Stan Swamy

United Forum for Adivasi Rights protest demanding immediate release of Father Stan Swamy

06/11/2020

Siliguri Times / by Silguri Times

The Adivasi Samaj staged a movement to demand the immediate release of Father Stan Swamy. Furthermore, United Forum for Adivasi Rights staged a rally on Friday.
The members of the organization said that the rights of the Adivasi community are being curtailed. Father Stan Swamy is said to be the one who constantly fought for the rights of the Adivasi community. And the people condemned the central government for putting him behind the bars.
A protest rally was staged today demanding his immediate release. Also, a memorandum was handed over to the SDO addressing the CM mentioning the same.


An Adivasi Crusader Under Trial: A Blot On Indian Democracy – OpEd

05/11/2020

Eurasia Review / by Dr. Paul Newman

The state of Jharkhand is one of the most backward states of India… The three resources that are close to the heart of any tribal in the area is Jal (Water), Jungle (forest) an Jameen (Land), which they own but often lose to the vested interest aided by the state forces… This is an area where a number of missionaries have contributed a great deal to the development of the place in terms of providing quality education, health care and other basis necessities… It is in this context that an eighty three years old, Fr. Stanislaus Lourduswamy, popularly called as Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest from Jamshedpur Jesuit Province was arrested by the National Investigation Agency on the 8th of October 2020 at 7.30 P.M under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
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Voices of poetry roar in solidarity with the call to release the poet Varavara Rao

Voices of poetry roar in solidarity with the call to release the poet Varavara Rao

A Message from Release the Poet Committee

04/11/2020

By Release the Poet

‘Unchain the Poetry’ was not a mere literary event or birthday celebration for us when we initiated it. Rather we conceived it as an expression of love, anger and conviction of the people on this side of barricade, as another form of resistance.
The overwhelming peoples’ response was indeed a signal to the state of fascism, which dares to confine the bravehearts of this land in prison for being righteous. Today, Poet Varavara Rao emerged as the flaming symbol of the imprisoned dissent. Thus this signal implies to all of the political imprisonment in India.
We salute the poets and activists for their expression of heartfelt love for their beloved poet and generous solidarity to the cause. Even after 12 PM last night (and still now) we are getting loads of poems and videos, which couldn’t be published by yesterday. But those are equally important.
HENCE WE WILL BE PUBLISHING ALL OF THOSE gradually from tomorrow as a continuation of the campaign.
And actually, the fight continues. So far the imprisonment continues – of VV, BK-16, Dr. GN Saibaba and all other political prisoners. We will not let it go, for sure.
As the ending line, for the impact created through this initiative RTPC expresses its indebtedness to Revolutionary Writers Association (RWA) in specific, and to all individuals & organisations at large, for their meaningful support.
Warmest Greetings from,
Release the Poet Committee
#releasethepoet #releasebk16 #ReleaseAllPoliticalPrisoners


Voices of poetry roar in solidarity with the call to release the poet Varavara Rao

03/11/2020

By Release the Poet

Salute Comrade, a glorious birthday! Our tribute will be in poetry, throughout the day.

Aruna Nellutla, VV’s niece, reads out for the poet
Ilika reads out for VV
Kodam Kumar reads out for VV
Shovana Nath reads out for VV
Amita Shereen reads out for VV
Baby Sau reads out for VV
Samiran Ghosh reads out for VV
Ipsa Shatakshi reads out for VV
Nalluri Rukmini reads out for VV
Kaushal Kishore reads out a poem for VV
Rahul Purakaystha recites VV
SAHAJA recites VV’s ‘Companion´
… and numerous others read out for VV

Watch videos on `Release The Poet´ fb page


A birthday behind bars: P Varavara Rao turns 80 years old

03/11/2020

Sabrang / by Sabrang India

Supreme Court has asked Bombay High Court to expedite Rao’s bail application hearing on medical grounds.
Today, November 3, Telugu revolutionary poet P Varavara Rao turns 80 years old. Perhaps if he was not in jail, his wife, daughters, nephews, nieces, would have made it into a day of big celebration. Perhaps he would have wanted to keep it low key instead, maybe just spend the day with his friends and family, sharing a meal, languid conversations, perhaps even a poetry reading or two. Instead the poet and activist will spend another day in jail. It just marks another year that he has been under punishment for his activism.
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Call: The Poetry of Freedom For the Caged Poet

31/10/2020

By Release the Poet

November 3 the People’s Poet Varavara Rao will turn 80. In this fiery time, he is the face of language of resistance. We are inviting the poets from across the country to recite in the honour of the prisoned poet, to reverberate his conviction in the air that day.
Publish the video of your recitation on your Facebook timeline on 3 November, 2020 and inbox the link to RELEASE THE POET Facebook Page or send it to the WhatsApp number given below (in that case, please don’t forget to use #ReleaseThePoet).
Or you can simply audio record your recitation and WhatsApp us along with your one still photograph. We will edit and publish that on our Facebook page (in this case, we need your audio recording and photograph by 2 November 10 P.M.).
Let the combined voices of poetry roar in solidarity with the call to ‘Release The Poet’.
On behalf of ‘Release The Poet’ –
Sabyasachi Deb & Rahul Purkayastha

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Solidarity with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail – Statements & Calls

Solidarity with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail – Statements & Calls


Poster by Release Sudha Bharadwaj Campaign

Video: Stand with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail

31/10/2020

Video statement by Prashand Bhushan


Tomorrow Sudha Bharadwaj is spending her 3rd Birthday in Jail on an absurd charges under UAPA. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, a Professor of NLS, she gave up her US citizenship to work for tribals in Chhattisgarh. We hope she will soon be out to resume her exemplary work there.
Watch video statement (1:42min) here


Call: Stand with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail

31/10/2020

By Sudha’s Friends and Family support group

You might be already aware of the infamous Bhima-Koregaon conspiracy case. One of the (now sixteen) activists arrested in the case is Sudha Bharadwaj, a lawyer and trade unionist from Chhattisgarh. On Sunday, 1st November, she will be spending her third birthday in jail, as we, Sudha’s Friends and Family support group, watch in distress.
We stand in solidarity with her.
We were hoping that you could join us in sending her a birthday message – perhaps a short one-minute video on a social media account (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram), perhaps also in other ways you deem fit.
#HappyBirthdaySudha
#FreeBhimaKoregaon16
#FreeSudhaBharadwaj
Just in case you need it, here is a brief bio on her below.
Best regards
On behalf of Sudha’s Friends and Family support group

Brief Bio of Sudha Bharadwaj

Sudha was born in 1961 in the USA to economist parents (her mother founded Centre for Economics Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, her father is also an economist and an academic). She completed integrated MSc (Math) at IIT Kanpur in 1979, and was socially active in various groups on the campus. But – in her own words – her “coming of age” was in 1984 – the year of the Bhopal gas tragedy and the antiSikh riots. After finishing the program at IITK in 1984, she taught at DPS for a couple of years in Delhi where she got exposed to the migrant workers’ struggles during the 1982 Asiad Games.
But by 1986 she decided to relocate to Chhattisgarh, attracted by the inspiring collective of mine workers in Dalli-Rajhara – Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha – which had attracted youth like her from wide across. It was then led by Shaheed Shankar Guha Niyogi who was assassinated a few years after she had joined. Over the years, Sudha took a leading role in the union, and spent decades in the industrial belt of Bilaspur-Durg-Bhilai. She also earned her lawyers credentials along the way, developing a parallel and consequential legal practice.
At the time of her arrest on 28.08.2018, she was teaching at the National Law University in Delhi, was a recognised authority on Labour Law and Constitution Law, and was the National Secretary of the PUCL.

More information on her can be found in the links shared below
Wikipedia page
Release Sudha Bharadwaj blog
An article on Sudha on Article 14

Sudha Bharadwaj to spend birthday behind bars, third year in a row!

31/10/2020

Sabrang / by Sabrangindia

While no birthday in jail can ever be ‘happy’, here’s how you honour the human rights defender on her special day.
Trade Unionist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj was among the five activists and human rights defenders rounded up by a vindictive regime in August 2018, as a part of a crackdown on dissenting voices. She was picked up in a second wave of arrests due to her alleged “maoist links” that somehow, according to the police, meant that she was a part of the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy!
It is noteworthy that Bharadwaj was neither an organiser of nor present in Pune during the Elgaar Parishad! If it sounds preposterous, it is because it is indeed utterly ludicrous!
On November 1, Bharadwaj will be spending her birthday behind bars for the third straight year. Here’s what you can do to make it ‘happy-ish’.
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Video: Sudha Bharadwaj celebrates another birthday in jail


On the occasion of, lawyer, activist and trade unionist, Sudha Bharadwaj’s birthday, watch this sabrangindia video where journalist and activist Teesta Setalvad talks about her work, the undemocratic nature of her arrest and the conditions of women activists in general, nationwide and globally.
Watch video (3:54min) here

Asian bishops stand in solidarity with arrested Jesuit [read full statement]

Asian bishops stand in solidarity with arrested Jesuit [read full statement]

UCA News / by John Zaw, Mandalay

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) has said it stands in solidarity with Indian Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy and all who support the rights of indigenous people.
“It is with great shock and agony the FABC heard of the arrest of the 84-year-old Father Swamy and his incarceration and we are surprised at the charges brought against him,” Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, president of the FABC, said in a statement.
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Asian Bishops Call for Release of Fr. Stan Swamy

26/10/2020

ZENIT / by ZENIT Staff

The Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) has called for the release of Fr. Stan Swamy, who was arrested in his home in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand State in eastern India, on October 8th…

Following is the full letter
It is with great shock and agony, the FABC heard of the arrest of the 83-year-old Fr Stan Swamy and his incarceration. We are surprised at the charges brought against him. We stand in solidarity with Fr. Stan Swamy and all who support the rights of the indigenous people.
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AICUF Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam unit and Parish Pastoral council St. Peter’s Cathedral, Arch Diocese of Visakhapatnam has organized a candle light rally @ 19:30hrs on Sunday 25.10.2020 at Gnanapuram for Fr. Stan.

Father Stan Swamy’s Jesuit Associates Condemn ‘Fabricated’ Charges Against Him

Father Stan Swamy’s Jesuit Associates Condemn ‘Fabricated’ Charges Against Him

The Wire / by Abhish K. Bose

“The NIA knows that he was voicing views against the government and corporate groups, and hence he was framed in the case.”
Kottayam: The Jesuit congregation is hopeful that the case against 83-year-old priest Father Stan Swamy, a member of the Jamshedpur province of the Society of Jesus congregation, arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), will be shattered in the court, as there is no evidence to establish that he was in some way connected with the violence against Dalits at Bhima Koregaon. The imprisoned priest’s close associate, Father Joseph Xavier, alleges that Swamy hasn’t visited Pune for the last 15 years.
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+++ Tweet by Indian Social Institute: On 23 Oct’20, ISIB UTC, Archdiocese of Bengaluru, PUCL-K, CRI, NGOs and CSOs jointly organized a program on Stand in Solidarity with Fr. Stan Swamy SJ.120 people participated representing various religious congregations, NGOs, CSOs, Teachers, Students and Activists. +++

Stan Swamy: Tamil Nadu Catholics observe day of solidarity

Stan Swamy: Tamil Nadu Catholics observe day of solidarity


Madurai, Oct 19, 2020

Matters India / by Arockiasamy Santhanam

Madurai: Catholic churches across Tamil Nadu October 18 expressed solidarity with Jesuit Father Stan Swamy, a native of the southern Indian state now who is in a Mumbai jail for alleged Maoists links.
During the Sunday Mass, Catholics prayed for the good health and immediate release of Father Stan. They also organized parish level-programs in front of the churches condemning the priest’s arrest and demanded his immediate release.
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