Statement from Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann

April 29th, 2013

In today’s world it is increasingly difficult to find individuals with the intellectual and ethical fortitude, compassion and love “to speak truth to power” and give voice to those who have been silenced, shunned or wronged.  Lynne Stewart is one such person.  She has repeatedly been an instrument to defend in U.S. courts those whose narratives do NOT fit within the prevailing, ‘officially’ sanctioned narratives of our times.

In so doing, Lynne Stewart represents the finest in the tradition of American civil rights defenders.  That she should face criminal charges for her actions to defend her client reflects the tragic state of affairs of the U.S. justice system today.

I cannot help but feel compelled to stand in staunch support and love with a true American heroine.

I urge others to do so, fearlessly and tenderly, so that Lynne–who has provided solidarity, counsel and support to countless others in need, may feel an outpouring of human solidarity and support in this poignant moment of her own life story.

Lynne, you are NOT alone.  I stand—we stand—together in solidarity and love.

Lynne, you are in my prayers and actions.  Do know that I will channel a request through the U.S. Embassy here in Managua asking for your immediate release and will write to others in the United States and elsewhere to press for your immediate release.

Your brother,

Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann

President of UN General Assembly, 2008-2009

Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, 1979-1990

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