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 and human rights education.

Our main strategic goals:

  • The Rafto Prize shall help to strengthen the influence of the Prize Laureates’ work on human rights, and the foundation shall facilitate network-building with other Rafto Prize Laureates and fellow human rights defenders.
  • The Rafto Foundation shall increase its ability to influence the work of the business community and schools on human rights.
  • The Rafto Foundation shall reinforce its work by developing partnerships and collaboration agreements with centres of expertise.