Thank you to all those who sent Fr Stan a card for his birthday!

#HappyBirthdayStan #StandWithStan

Fr Stan Swamy, an Indian Jesuit priest, was incarcerated for unsubstantiated charges.  He has been harassed because of his opposition to government policies that affect the rights of the Adivasis (Indigenous people). His work has included documenting the abuse of power against Indigenous youth and others, falsely imprisoned for defending their rights.

Last April 26, Fr Stan celebrated his 84th birthday in prison. As part of an international advocacy campaign to raise awareness and solidarity for Fr Stan’s situation, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) asked all Jesuits, colleagues, friends and supporters to send a birthday postcard to Fr Stan through the Indian High Commission in Ottawa. It was a way to show the Indian Government that Fr Stan has not been forgotten.

Fr Stan's 84th birthday is over, but we still encourage you to write positive messages of solidarity and support.

You can mail your greetings to:

Fr Stan Swamy SJ
c/o Mr Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner
High Commission of India
10 Springfield Road
Ottawa, ON
K1M 1C9

Please send CJI a photograph of the cards you send so that we may continue to share your well-wishes with others via social media. You can email the photograph of your card to

Learn more about Fr Stan

To learn more about Fr Stan and the 15 other human rights defenders who have been incarcerated, please click here.

Messages to Fr Stan

Click on the image below to read some of the birthday greetings for Fr Stan

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