‘Devastating’ EU, UN Human Rights Reps on Stan Swamy’s death

The death of an 84-year-old Jesuit Priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy triggered anger in the minds of the people. He was incarcerated under draconian anti-terror law UAPA in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.

Social Media

Furthermore, the social media flooded with messages from human rights representatives, politicians and intellectuals. Condolences started pouring including messages of Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

United Nations

Mary Lawlor, a United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders, and Eamon Gilmore, the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights were among those who spoke out on Swamy’s death.

Ms. Lawlor, attached a link to YouTube video and tweeted “The news from India today is devastating. Human Rights Defender and Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy died in custody, nine months after his arrest on false charges of terrorism. Jailing HRD’s is inexcusable”.

Mr. Gilmore retweeted Ms. Lawlor’s tweet and said, India: I am saddened to hear that Father Stan Swamy has passed away. A defender of indigenous peoples’ rights. He was held in detention for the past 9 months. The EU had been raising his case repeatedly with authorities.

United Nation’s Human Rights

Earlier in Jan, the United Nation’s Human Rights office in Switzerland expressed serious concern over the condition of Stan Swamy and other human rights activists in India. Though UN did not name anyone of them, still it expressed concern regularly.

UN said “We continue to be concerned about the situation of activists detained in India, including in the context of the Bhima Koregoan events”.

They were occasions where the UN urged the govt. to release some of the detainees, especially the elderly and in poor health” as they await trial.

Jharkhand Chief Minister

Meanwhile, the Chief Ministers of Jharkhand and Kerala, Hemant Soren and Pinarayi Vijayan respectively posted condolence messages on Stan Swamy’s death.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, in whose state the Jesuit Priest worked for the tribal communities for over five decades, held the union government responsible for stan swamy death.

Mr. Soren said: “Shocked to learn about the demise of Father Stan Swamy. He dedicated his life working for tribal rights. I had strongly opposed his arrest and incarceration.

The Union government should be answerable for absolute apathy and non provision of timely medical services, leading to his death”.

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