Pallium India Chairman to be honored by Human Rights Watch

2014 September 16

Dr M R Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India, will be honored by Human Rights Watch with Dr. Alison Des Forges award this November.

Human Rights Watch will present Dr Rajagopal with the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, at two dinners in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The dinners are an opportunity to inform supporters of Human Rights Watch and others about the “access to pain relief” situation in India, and in particular about the important work that Dr Rajagopal and Pallium India are doing with palliative care. His work over nearly twenty years has contributed to development of India’s National Program in Palliative Care (NPPC) in 2012 and to the Amendment of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of India in 2014.Rajagopal

“Dr Rajagopal is one of the most eloquent and tireless advocates for palliative care I have ever met. His advocacy has given wings to the notion that letting someone suffer from treatable pain is a violation of human rights,” said Mr Diederik Lohman of Human Rights Watch.

The award is named after Dr. Alison Des Forges, senior adviser to Human Rights Watch’s Africa division for almost two decades. Des Forges was the world’s leading expert on Rwanda. Human Rights Watch’s annual award honors her outstanding commitment to, and defense of,human rights. It celebrates the valor of people who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others.

Click to read the announcement at Human Rights Watch website.

8 Responses
  1. Nazeem Beegum permalink
    September 16, 2014

    A well-deserving honour..Congratulations.

  2. Komal Tewani permalink
    September 16, 2014

    No one deserves it more than you Prof Rajagopal!!

  3. Hamilton Inbadas permalink
    September 16, 2014

    Congratulations! Well deserved!

  4. Bindu Nair. permalink
    September 16, 2014

    Congratulations, Sir. One more well deserved feather in your cap.

  5. sreemurugan permalink
    September 18, 2014

    Congratulations, Sir. A well deserving honour…….
    you are uplifting my commitments in palliative care.

  6. September 21, 2014

    Congratulations Sir. Feel great to part of palliative care family.

  7. B.Ganga Devi permalink
    September 29, 2014

    We are so proud

  8. October 1, 2014

    Congratulations to Dr Rajagopal for receiving this prestigious award and I can’t think of anyone more worthy of this honour! His commitment and dedication to improve the palliative care in India over the last 20 years has been exemplary, so much so that the name ‘Dr Rajagopal’ is synonym to ‘Palliative Care’ in India! Best Wishes in all your endeavours!

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