Rafto Foundation

The Rafto Foundation awards the annual Professor Thorolf Rafto’s Prize for Human Rights work. In 1999, the Rafto House in Bergen became the second Norwegian Human Rights House.


Raising recognition for human rights defenders, Rafto awards the annual Professor Thorolf Rafto’s prize for human rights work. This helps to bring the work of human rights defenders to an international audience, and to promote human rights globally. Rafto continues to support the work of laureates through funding and organisation of projects, and carries out other work such as human rights education, with 3,300 people participating in 2017. Of the 31 human rights defenders that have received the award, four have later received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Rafto Prize gained attention in Kashmir in 2017, and was described as an important inspiration for civil society in the region.

In December, Rafto met with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar and called on her to acknowledge the human rights violations against the Rohingya people.
The Foundation established a new masters course on business and human rights at the University of Bergen together with the Institute on Human Rights and Business. In 2018, the Rafto Foundation will focus on business and human rights, arrange workshops with grassroots women human rights defenders and continue human rights education to students and teachers in Norway. Rafto will announce the 2018 Rafto Prize on 27 September, and will also mark the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights through various events in 2018.

Contact information



+47 55 21 09 30

Menneskerettighetenes plass 1

5007 Bergen