Stand with Stan
Jesuit Missions is inviting you to take action to help free Fr Stan Swamy SJ from prison.
Fr Stan, a Jesuit priest and human rights activist, has been unfairly imprisoned by the National Investigation Agency in India since the 8 October.
He is 83 years old, in poor health and suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He needs your help.
While the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office have responded to us, we need to keep taking action until Fr Stan Swamy is released.
Read the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s letter to Jesuit Missions here.
What you can do
We want to raise awareness about what has happened to Fr Stan Swamy. This can be done in three ways.
Write a letter to your MP
Send a letter to your MP demanding the Foreign Secretary takes urgent action.
Find a letter template and further instructions, here.
Write a letter to the High Commission of India
We are also encouraging you to take further political action by sending a letter to the High Commission of India.
Email your letter to: email@example.com
Or send in the post to: High Commission of India, India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA
Stand with Stan online
On Human Rights Day, we will be posting photos from Jesuit Mission supporters, Jesuit schools and parishes all standing with Stan. This will be part of an international online campaign and we are inviting you to get involved.
You can take action and #StandwithStan, by sending a photo of yourself with a poster, or sign that says #StandwithStan (you can download a poster below).
All the photos of supporters will be tweeted to Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice in India calling him to take action for Stan on Human Rights Day.
To take part simply download and print our Stand with Stan poster, or create one yourself. Then, take a picture of yourself with the poster and send it to us using the link below!
Updates on Stan
On 29 November, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India denied Fr Stan of a straw or sipper cup that would enable him to drink water independently. Fr Stan is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and cannot hold a glass of water himself.
The NIA’s decision inspired many to act, especially in India. Hundreds of people came together over social media and sent sipper cups to the address of the prison in which Fr Stan is being held. The topic has also been covered on national Indian news channels, with Akash Banerjee saying, “This is not a question of jurisprudence or legality, it is a question of basic humanity.”
It would be great if you could join us in taking action, otherwise please say a prayer for the effectiveness of our representation.