Stand with Stan on his 84th birthday
Fr Stan Swamy SJ celebrates his 84th birthday on 26 April. This year we want to let him know he is not forgotten.
An update on Fr Stan
Fr Stan Swamy SJ is an 83-year-old priest and human rights activist who has spent his life working for the poorest and most marginalised people in India. The Indian government has pursued a campaign of harassment against Fr Stan and other human rights activists in recent years. Jesuit colleagues of Fr Stan are concerned about their own freedom and welfare.
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Fr Stan on the 8 October 2020. He is detained along with 15 other human rights activists all charged with terrorism. Fr Stan vehemently denies these charges.
In March, Fr Stan’s lawyers applied for the elderly priest to be released on bail on medical grounds. Fr Stan is currently suffering from Parkinson’s disease and is not able to receive the care he needs in prison.
On the 22nd March the bail plea was rejected by a judge in Mumbai. Yet, we still have hope.
How you can help
Fr Stan has now spent over 180 days including Christmas and Easter behind the bars of Taloja prison. The 26 April marks Fr Stan’s 84th birthday and we are inviting you to send a birthday or Easter greeting expressing your solidarity with him.
We intend to present the cards to the Indian High Commissioner on Fr Swamy’s birthday. We hope to pass on as many of your messages to Fr Stan as possible.
Fr Stan embodies the Christian ideal of service and sacrifice. Please join us in sending him a message of hope and solidarity this Easter.
The card can be very simple or even a piece of folded paper. Send your birthday card using this address below:
Please note the deadline to send cards is Wednesday 21 April.
Fr Stan Swamy SJ (Taloja Prison)
c/o Jesuit Missions
11 Edge Hill,