By awarding the Rafto Prize to BCHR, the Rafto Foundation turns the spotlight on the systematic violations of human rights in a region where abuse is too often met with silence from western governments.
The 2013 Rafto Prize recognises an organisation that has consciously worked for the rights of Bahraini citizens and the many migrant workers in the country. BCHR has promoted non-violent protests against the current government and used digital media to spread its message in a very effective manner.
The Arab uprising in February 2011,caused tensions to increase quickly in Bahrain. Maryam al-Khawaja, acting President of BCHR, calls what is happening in Bahrain “the inconvenient revolution” and points out through her Twitter account and numerous press reports that human rights also apply to the Gulf and to everyone, including women, minorities and migrant workers.