US House asks India to investigate activist Stan Swamy's death in custody

Daijiworld Media Network - Washington

Washington, Jul 9: Three American lawmakers have introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives, urging India to conduct an independent investigation into the arrest, incarceration, and death of human rights activist Father Stan Swamy, who died in custody on July 5, 2021.

The resolution, introduced by Congressman Juan Vargas along with lawmakers Jim McGovern and Andre Carson, highlights Father Stan's significant role in contemporary India's Adivasi movements. It expresses concern over the alleged misuse of anti-terror laws to target human rights defenders and political opponents. The resolution also applauds a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India suspending a controversial colonial-era sedition law and urges India's Parliament to make this suspension permanent.

The resolution emphasizes that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

"Father Stan dedicated his life to giving a voice to the voiceless. He was a tireless advocate for the rights of the indigenous Adivasi people, trained young community leaders, and worked for justice for many communities in India," said Congressman Vargas.

"As a former Jesuit, I am horrified that Father Stan faced relentless abuse and was denied medical care while in custody. I introduced this resolution to ensure that Father Stan and his lifelong commitment to the greater good are never forgotten," he added.




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  • Bobato Charlie, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2024

    Rev Fr Stan Swamy (may his departed soul rest in peace) was murdered by the BJP!

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  • william, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 10 2024

    Now MEA Mr. Jaishanker will come out with the statement, mind your own business. Whenever surveys conducted by external agencies which will generally be adverse ones, he will always come out with this statement.

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  • Pinthaam, Mangloor

    Wed, Jul 10 2024

    Both the Government and Indian courts denied justice to Father Stan! The present Indian Government will never do a fair investigation even if they decide to have one! Bothe political and religious persecution is the sole aim of this government!!!

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 09 2024

    US should ask International Body to investigate Stan Swamy's illness treatment denial lead to death. If Chaiwala's thukde thukde gang investigate this case, it will be like Retired Judge Somashekar's church attacks investigation of Mangalore.

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 09 2024

    Old habits die hard. US of America has the old penchant for poking it's nose into other people's business. Without Big Brother's interferences into other countries interests, the universe would be a happier place.

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  • DP, Balmatta

    Wed, Jul 10 2024

    The one responsible , should be locked up in parliament and slapped till he repents!

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  • Satish, Udupi

    Tue, Jul 09 2024

    A total "miscarriage" of the justice. May his soul rest in peace AMEN

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  • Damoda Das, Kundapur

    Tue, Jul 09 2024

    Same fate awaits Kejriwal in the jail as he is sick with diabetes and the govt is denying essential medical facilities and services to Kejriwal to cause his death in custody.

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    Tue, Jul 09 2024

    What’s the use now? Stan Swamy has departed from this world. In his old age, he was subjected to so much suffering by being put in jail, and even denied a straw to drink from. The central government labeled him a bigger criminal than a terrorist. Even on his deathbed, he was given punishment. But it’s okay; God’s court decisions may be delayed, but they will certainly come. 🙏

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  • Alwyn, Kudla

    Wed, Jul 10 2024

    It’s a shame on those who made him suffer at his old age in Jail. Very unfortunate but they will pay million times of karma. Our god is a powerful god never sleeps.

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  • Indian, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2024

    Only if the govt is done by international secular organisation then only some justice can be expected. Cannot trust present time govt authorities, even catholic bishops , cardinals, did not feel it necessary to apprise the Vatican and rich christian countries to intervene wrt to injustice meted out on Fr. Stan Swamy.

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