The 2017 Rafto Prize Events Public announcement

Raftohuset, Bergen

The recipient of the Rafto Prize 2017 will be announced at a press conference on 28 September at 10:00 at the Rafto Human Rights House in Bergen. The press conference will be broadcasted on from 10:00 AM (CEST).

The Rafto Human Rights Prize is awarded annually in the memory of Professor Thorolf Rafto, to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in their work for human rights and democracy.

Rafto Prize Laureates 1987-2016

The award statement, photos and other relevant information will be published on our webpage, 28 September, 10:00 am.

Formal criterias for selection of the laureate: 

  • A candidate should be active in the struggle for the ideals and principles underlying the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights .
  • A candidate's struggle for human rights should represent a non-violent perspective.
  • A candidate may be a person or an organisation, and two or more candidates may share the prize.

Learn more about the nomination process here 


The 2017 Rafto Prize public events:  

The Rafto Conference: 

A public conference with national and international speakers discussing the issues of particular concern to the Rafto Prize Laureate.
Keynote speech by the 2017 Rafto Prize Laureate.  

Time: Saturday,  4 November at 11.00 -14.30
Place: The University Aula in Bergen
Free entrance 

Preregistration opens shortly after the announcement on 28 September. 
Program TBA 

The Rafto Prize Ceremony: 

On this evening we elebrate the Rafto Prize Laureate with artistic performances from local and international artists.
Program: TBA 

Time: Sunday, 5 November at 18.00 -19.15
Place: The National Stage (Den Nationale Scene), Bergen 
Ticketsale opens in August.

Torchlight procession: We invite all to join in the traditional torchlight procession for human rights. Attendance and distribution of torches outside the main entrance of Den Nationale Scene shortly after the ceremony. 

Time: Sunday, 5 November at 19.30 
Place: Den Nationale Scene's main entrance 


Kristine Gabrielsen

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The Rafto Foundation, Communication Advisor
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Phone:+ 47 47 75 69 71

Liv Unni Stuhaug

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The Rafto Foundation, Project Coordinator Rafto Prize
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Phone:+47 48 15 33 09