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India: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 115812, tabled on 16 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Government of India on the arrest of Fr Stan Swamy and other human rights activists; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

24 November 2020

FCDO officials raised Father Stan Swamy's case with the Indian High Commission on 12 November. On 9 October, British High Commission officials in New Delhi highlighted to the Ministry of Home Affairs criticisms of recent amendments to Indian security legislation, including their impact on activists and human rights campaigners in India. Where we have concerns, we raise them directly with the Government of India, including at ministerial level.