UPDATE: The Fifteenth Open Letter on the Issues Regarding Fr. Pallath’s Case


Urgent Appeal Case: UP-37-2001

Dear Friends, 

We would like to send you a copy of the 15th open letter sent by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to the Jesuit superior general in Rome regarding Fr. Pallath’s case. 

For further information, including this letter, please visit http://jjpallath.ahrchk.net. 

Thank you. 

Urgent Appeals Desk 
Asian Human Rights Commission 


Fifteenth Open Letter to Jesuit Superior 
(This is the fifteenth of a series of letters on the issues regarding the treatment of Fr. Pallath J. Joseph of the Kerala Province of Jesuits in India.) 

September 10, 2001 

An Open Letter to: 
Rev. Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach 
Superior General 
Curia Generalize 
Compagnia di Gesu 
C.P. 6139 
00195 Roma Prati ITALY 
FAX: 39-06-686-8214 

FIFTEENTH OPEN LETTER RE: Physical Assault, Slander through the Gutter Press, Filing of Fabricated Criminal Cases, Denial of Right to Livelihood and Other Matters Relating to Fr. Pallath J. JosephREQUEST FOR AN INQUIRY 

Dear Rev. Fr. General, 

The details about the violations mentioned above have been stated and repeated in the earlier 14 letters to you. 

The Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace (FORUM) in their annual meeting called on everyone, including yourself, to take steps to settle the case of Fr. Pallath in a spirit of reconciliation by appointing a committee of inquiry that is acceptable to all parties. It was also suggested that all parties should accept the decision of this impartial committee. (The full text of the FORUM’s recommendations was provided in my 14th letter to you.) Fr. Pallath has agreed to this suggestion. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) commends the FORUM for its courage to intervene in this matter and its wisdom in making these suggestions, and we urge you to take this opportunity in a spirit of reconciliation. The inquiry, as suggested, will provide an opportunity to study this matter thoroughly and to bring out the better side of all parties to deal with this complex problem. Such an outcome as suggested by the parties will also be helpful to the Catholic community and the human rights community in Kerala and to all those who are aware of this problem. 

Thank you for your further consideration to resolve Fr. Pallath’s case. 

Document Type : Urgent Appeal Update
Document ID : UP-37-2001
Countries : Pakistan,