Suffering from Parkinson's disease and a host of other medical ailments, Swamy, who was then 83-year-old, was remanded to judicial custody following his arrest.
Raut said Stan Swamy died in custody while Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with those who want autonomy for Kashmir and are demanding restoration of Article 370 there.
At every turn, the Government had made it clear that it was out to get Stan Swamy. This is the central fact that needs to be understood and recorded.
The commission chair, Nadine Maenza, urged the United States to "hold the Indian government accountable and to raise religious freedom concerns in the US-India bilateral relationship."
Meanwhile, a US forensic agency said incriminating evidence was planted on Bima Koregaon case accused Surendra Gadling’s computer.
Hearing Stan Swamy’s PIL in 2018, the Jharkhand High Court called for detailed information on under-trials languishing in the prisons.
Mascarenhas said Stan Swamy in the last few days was feeling confident that things would get better for him and his co-accused.
When a number of hardcore criminals were granted bail during the Covid pandemic, Stan Swamy was imprisoned because he fought against attacks on tribals and exploitation of forest wealth, they said.
Modi government rejects criticism over Father Stan Swamy's death, says his detention was as per 'due process under law'
The UN body on human rights said it was deeply saddened and disturbed by the death of activist Stan Swamy in pre-trial detention.
Stan Swamy, who was arrested for his alleged role in the 2017 Bhima Koegaon case, had been on a ventilator since Sunday after his health worsened rapidly.
Peter's church in suburban Bandra on Tuesday as tributes continued to pour in for Stan Swamy from his well-wishers.
All India Progressive Women’s Association secretary Kavita Krishnan blamed the government and the jail conditions.
Mary Lawlor, a United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders, termed the news of Swamy’s death as devastating and called detention of human rights defenders inexcusible.
Writer remembers how the priest reached out when Jharkhand government came after him
The Jesuit priest was the oldest among the 16 accused persons arrested in the Elgar-Parishad case and possibly the oldest in India to be charged under the UAPA.