The Rafto Prize 2020 to Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF)

Bravely resisting Egypt´s state of fear

The Rafto Prize for 2020 is awarded the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) for their persistence in bravely resisting Egypt´s state of fear.

“If everyone is silenced this would be the ultimate gain to the current regime and the ultimate victory to Egypt’s state of fear.”


ECRF documents, reports and raises awareness about the grave human rights violations in Egypt and beyond, and provides legal support to victims of human rights abuses. Almost ten years since the Arab Spring, it is more pressing than ever to focus on the alarming state of basic human rights in the Middle East.