Action is taken in opposition to “violations of law and not against legitimate exercise of rights” in India, the international ministry mentioned at present within the first authorities response on the dying of 84-year-old Stan Swamy. The dying of the Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist — arrested final 12 months below a troublesome anti-terror legislation — on Monday has drawn sharp criticism from nationwide and worldwide organisations, together with the United Nations Human Rights Watch.
“Father Stan Swamy was arrested and detained by the National Investigation Agency following due process under law,” mentioned international ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi this night. “Because of the specific nature of charges against him, his bail applications were rejected by the courts. 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,” he added.
Stan Swamy was present process medical therapy at a non-public hospital “where he was receiving all possible medical attention” following the order of the Bombay High Court, the ministry mentioned.
“India’s democratic and constitutional polity is complemented by an independent judiciary, a range of national and state level Human Rights Commissions that monitor violations, a free media and a vibrant and vocal civil society. India remains committed to promotion and protection of human rights of all its citizens,” the ministry mentioned.
Stan Swamy was arrested on what is called the Elgar Parishad Case. Arrested below the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which permits for extended detention for questioning, he died on Monday as a courtroom was listening to an attraction in opposition to the rejection of his bail.
Earlier at present, the workplace of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights mentioned in a press release, “No one should be detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association,” mentioned.
UN particular rapporteur for human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, had additionally tweeted on the dying of Stan Swamy.
“The news from India today is devastating Human Rights Defender & Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy has died in custody, nine months after his arrest on false charges of terrorism,” she posted. “Jailing HRDs (Human Rights Defenders) is inexcusable,” she had added.
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