annual human rights award

The Rafto Prize

Recognition to those who fight against oppression

Each year we award the Rafto Prize to human rights defenders worldwide.

The Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for Human Rights (i.e. the Rafto Prize) has been awarded every year since 1987. The prize sheds light on human rights violations and gives recognition to human rights defenders who deserve the world's attention. There are no geographical or issue constraints regarding the individuals or organisations that may receive the prize. 

Rafto Laureates

More than 30 persons have received the Rafto Prize. Learn more about our Rafto Laureates.  

The Rafto Prize is announced at the end of September, and the Rafto Prize ceremony is held each November in Bergen, Norway. The Rafto Prize laureate receives a diploma and prize money of 20 000 USD.