Many gathered at the Rafto House to meet and honor Khaled Quzmar and the important work of DCIP.

Finally, Bergen welcomes the Rafto Prize recipient from Palestine

Eight months after the announcement of the 2023 Rafto Prize, the recipient, Defense for Children Palestine, arrived in Bergen.

Published: Monday, May 27, 16:15

"I am happy to finally be here," said Khaled Quzmar, Secretary-General of Defense for Children - Palestine (DCIP), when he received the Rafto Prize diploma in Bergen last week.

When the prize was announced last September, Quzmar chose to stay home due to the massive bombing attacks that hit Gaza's civilian population.

"We are very sorry. We had been looking forward to coming to Bergen for a long time, but the circumstances are very different," Quzmar said at the time to Bergens Tidende.

Khaled Quzmar receives the Rafto Prize diploma from the head of the prize committee, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen.


During his visit to Norway, Quzmar met, among others, with Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in Norway.

Quzmar praised Norway for finally recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

He also urged to exert further international pressure for a ceasefire in Gaza and continued support for children's rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.

See more pictures from the visit below and read more about the Rafto Prize recipient DCIP here.

Khaled Quzmar and Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.
Quzmar is being photographed by Hans Jørgen Brun.
In a meeting with the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Palestine activists at Nygårdshøyden in Bergen.


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