Award nomination link: http://www.globalhealth.org/conference/view_top.php3?id=850
Petition against Solitary confinement: http://www.petitiononline.com/Solitary/petition.html
We announce with great pleasure that Dr. Binayak Sen has been nominated for 'The Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights' for year 2008. He is one of the 40 distinguished practitioners in 'health and human rights' nominated from around the world.
JMA was established in 1999 to honor Dr. Jonathan Mann and highlight the vital link between health and human rights. Sponsored in 2007 by four organizations, Association François-Xavier Bagnoud, Doctors of the World, John Snow, Inc. and the Global Health Council, the award is bestowed annually to a leading practitioner in health and human rights and comes with a substantial financial reward to allow its recipients a measure of freedom to pursue their work in the important area of global health and human rights.
While the rest of the world is celebrating this great social activist, Indian Government rewarded him with Solitary confinement, on top of his already unjust incarceration. Dr. Sen, after being arrested in May 2007 under flimsy and untrue charges, by Chattisgarh State Government, which is widely believed as for his vocal opposition to Human Rights violation by Government-backed local militia – Salwa Judum. [To know more on Dr. Sen and his work, see http://www.slideshare.net/vgad/binayak/]
Why is our Indian Government afraid of this Good Doctor? Is it such heinous crime for a distinguished physician to serve in deep tribal and rural parts of India for 25 years, where other doctors hesitate to go? Is it a terrible Sin to stand up for basic Human rights of the poor and under-privileged people, which deserve to be placed in solitary confinement?
It is time for us to stand up and support this Great doctor as well as question the 'Health of our Nation'. Let's Protest this Silent Emergency where social and Human rights activists are incarcerated in Prison for their vocal criticism of lackluster and careless Government functioning.
Please show your solidarity by signing the petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/Solitary/petition.html