The 2012 Rafto Prize was awarded to Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey (1958) in recognition of his long-term fight for people’s right to life, health, food and water in a world affected by complex and threatening climate change and mass environmental destruction.
Through his rights based work and criticism of prevailing systems, Bassey has shown how human rights can help mitigate the effects of these changes.
Nnimmo Bassey links human rights to the climate by demonstrating how climate change has the greatest effect on the world’s most vulnerable people, the very people who have contributed least to the problem in the first place.
By awarding its annual prize to Nnimmo Bassey, the Rafto Foundation underlines how the challenges we face regarding climate and the environment also have a human rights aspect.
The Rafto Foundation also gives its support to Nnimmo Bassey's work in the organisations Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) and Environmental Rights Action (ERA).