Standing with Imprisoned Indian Priest Stan Swamy SJ
Fr Stan Swamy is a Jesuit Priest who has spent his life defending the human rights of marginalised Dalit and Adivasi communities. He has been imprisoned for more than 200 days on unfounded terrorism charges.
Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Britain, has recorded a message about Father Stan Swamy - a Jesuit priest and human rights activist imprisoned in India.
Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Britain, has recorded a message about Father Stan Swamy – a Jesuit priest and human rights activist widely known for his dedicated work with marginalised Dalit and Adivasi communities in India.
On 26 April, Fr Swamy marked his 84th birthday in prison after 200 days of incarceration. He was detained under anti-terror legislation on charges that the local church, the UN and human rights groups have described as completely unfounded.
There is growing concern for Fr Stan’s health – he has Parkinson’s among several other conditions. His latest bail plea, on grounds of ill-health, was rejected on 22 March.
Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of our International Affairs department, assures Fr Stan Swamy he is not forgotten and, as a fellow Parkinson's sufferer, highlights Fr Swamy's urgent need for his medication.