Resolution in US Congress seeks probe into Stan Swamy's death : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Resolution in US Congress seeks probe into Stan Swamy's death

Resolution in US Congress seeks probe into Stan Swamy's death

A resolution commemorating the life of Indian human rights defender Father Stan Swamy and seeking an independent investigation into the death of the Jesuit priest has been introduced in the US Congress, Congressman Juan Vargas has said.



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6

A resolution commemorating the life of Indian human rights defender Father Stan Swamy and seeking an independent investigation into the death of the Jesuit priest has been introduced in the US Congress, Congressman Juan Vargas has said.

Vargas, the Representative from the US state of California, recently introduced the resolution in Congress to commemorate Swamy “and to encourage an independent investigation” into his death.

Also read: Have ‘great respect’ for Stan Swamy’s work: Bombay High Court

Stan Swamy death: India to face heat from human rights bodies

UN, EU rights bodies call Father Stan Swamy's death devastating; no rule violated, says India

USCIRF condemns death of Stan Swamy

Deciphering human rights activist Father Stan Swamy

The resolution is co-sponsored by Representatives Andre Carson and James McGovern. Its introduction in the US House of Representatives coincides with the first anniversary of 84-year-old Swamy’s death in police custody. Vargas, a Democratic Party Congressman, was speaking at a webinar titled ‘Persecution of Religious Minorities and their Defenders in India: Commemorating Father Stan’s Death in Custody’ on Tuesday.

The panellists noted Swamy’s extensive service fighting for the rights of the tribals. “I am appalled by the abuse Father Stan faced while in custody. No one who fights for human rights should face such violence and neglect,” said Vargas. Swamy died at a Mumbai hospital, where he was admitted on May 29 last year, a day after he suffered a cardiac arrest and was put on the ventilator. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and several other ailments.

Father Swamy was arrested by the NIA from Ranchi, Jharkhand, in October 2020 under the stringent UAPA in connection with the Elgar Parishad case and lodged at the Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai.

India had rejected international criticism over the death of Swamy last year. “The authorities in India act against violations of law and not against legitimate exercise of rights. All such actions are strictly in accordance with the law,” Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, had said in July last year in response to queries related to reactions over Father Swamy’s demise.

Death anniv of Jesuit priest

  • Father Swamy was arrested by the NIA in Ranchi in Oct 2020 under the UAPA in connection with the Elgar Parishad case
  • He died at a Mumbai hospital where he was admitted on May 29, 2021, a day after he suffered cardiac arrest

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.

#human rights


Top News

'If there is 0.001% negligence…': Supreme Court raps National Testing Agency over NEET-UG row

'Even if there is 0.001% negligence, it should be dealt with': Supreme Court tells NTA over NEET row

Top court says the NTA and Centre would file their responses...

US Congressional delegation arrives in Dharamsala for meeting with Dalai Lama

US Congressional delegation and Tibetans ‘target’ China on autonomy for Tibet

China reacted to the US visit to Dharamsala to meet Dalai La...

Duped by travel agents, 12 Indian youths land in Armenia jail; 2 each from Punjab, Haryana

Duped by travel agents, 12 Indian youths land in Armenia jail; 2 each from Punjab, Haryana

One each from Bengal, UP, Uttarakhand; 5 yet to be identifie...

'18th Lok Sabha verdict extraordinary': PM Modi in 1st public remarks after forming government thrice

'18th Lok Sabha verdict extraordinary': PM Modi in 1st public remarks after forming government thrice

Modi says rarely has any incumbent government been voted bac...


Cities

View All