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On November 11, 2014, EFFi Foods was proud to support the Human Rights Watch at their Annual “Voices for Justice Dinner.” In attendance were researchers, Defenders, and local community members along with special guest Jason Collins and the winners of this year’s Alison Des Forges Award: Dr. Rajagopal and Shin Dong-Hyuk. The Alison Des Forges Award honors individuals dedicated to protecting the dignity and rights of others, sometimes even putting their own lives in danger.
Dr. Rajagopal’s work as a leading palliative care physician in India has greatly impacted a health care system devoid of physicians trained in pain management. Now, India’s central government recommends Indian states to adopt regulations intended to simplify access to morphine for healthcare institutions.
Shin Dong-Hyuk is the only escapee of North Korea’s Camp 14, where political prisoners and their family members are to sent to work until death. He is now the world’s leading advocate for closing North Korea’s political prisoner camps, which the government repeatedly denies their existence.
To cap off an incredible evening, attendees collaborated to pledge $105,000 to protect citizens in conflict throughout the world which spurred Sid Sheinberg, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Watch Board of Directors, to donate an additional $50,000.
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