Our mandate

The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the global promotion of human rights and human dignity. 

Nature of business: 

Our main object is, in the spirit of Professor Thorolf Rafto, to promote human rights, primarily intellectual, political and economic freedom. The Foundation shall award the annual Professor Thorolf Rafto’s Prize for Human Rights work.  The work of the Rafto Foundation includes support the laureates' work human rights education.

Our 3 main objectives:

  • To award the Rafto Prize to selected human rights campaigners
  • To actively participate in the fight for human dignity by acting as a long-term partner and support for the Rafto Laureates in their work on human rights. 
  • By means of education and public liaison, promote competence in and commitment to democracy, human diginty and human rights.