The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to the global promotion of human rights. Our main activity is to award the annual Professor Thorolf Rafto’s Prize for Human Rights work. We also support the work of the laureates by contributing to the funding and organization of projects, and we offer human rights education to local and international audiences.
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The Rafto Foundation is founded in the memory of human rights activist, Professor Thorolf Rafto.
The Rafto Staff consists of permanent and contract employees, interns, and volunteers. We are based at the Rafto House, located in Bergen, Norway.Find member of staff
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of members with various backgrounds, including activists, academics, professionals working in the public or private sector, and representatives of the Rafto Staff and Prize Committee. Board members
The Rafto Prize Committee
The Committee consists of activists, academics, professionals working in the public and private sector and a student representative. The Committee Members work without remuneration, and constitute an independent and self-recruiting body within the framework of the Rafto Foundation.Members of the Commitee
The Rafto Prize Fund
The Fund's responsibility is to secure the availability of means to allow the Rafto Foundation to provide a monetary contribution to the work of our laureates, as part of the Rafto Prize.
The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights was established in 1987 in memory of Thorolf Rafto (1922-1986), and to continue his work for and commitment to human rights.
The Rafto House
The Rafto staff is based at the Rafto House in Bergen. The building also hosts the local offices of the Amnesty International in addition to offices and rooms for the educational work carried out by the foundation. The Rafto House is part of the Human Rights House Network.Visit the Rafto House
Thorolf Rafto was a Professor of Economic History at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. He devoted much of his life to the promotion of democracy and respect for human rights, especially in Eastern Europe, where he travelled extensively. Rafto was an important spokesman for the persecuted Jews and intellectuals in the former Soviet Union, and for political dissidents in other Eastern European countries.The man who started it all
Egil Rafto, the son of Thorolf Rafto, was a journalist enthusiastically engaged in the struggle for human rights. He was a co-founder of the Rafto Foundation.
Important events in the Rafto Foundation's history.