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July 24, 2012

Violence in Myanmar continues

The violence, which reached its bloodiest point in June, constituted some of the country’s deadliest sectarian bloodshed in years and raised international concerns about the Rohingya minority group’s fate inside Myanmar.

July 17, 2012

Rafto Prize laureate plans to establish a peace center in DR Congo

In devastating circumstances, Rafto Prize laureate Bulambo Lembelembe Josué is fighting for peace through conflict resolution and education. His newest commitment towards peace in the region is establishment of a peace center situated in Goma, in north Kivu province in eastern DR Congo.

June 13, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi visits Norway

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader, the 1990 Rafto Prize laureate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 1991, is visiting Norway (Oslo and Bergen) from 15-18 June. On 29 May, Suu Kyi started her travels abroad visiting Thailand, her first trip overseas in 24 years.

June 3, 2012

Rafto Prize laureate re-elected as president of Uyghur congress

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) held its 4th General Assembly in Tokyo, Japan, from May 14 to 17, attended by more than 120 Uyghur delegates from 20 countries around the world. During the assembly Uyghur democracy leader and the 2004 Rafto Prize laureate Ms. Rebiya Kadeer was re-elected WUC President.

May 29, 2012

Leyla Zana convicted to ten years in prison

Leyla Zana, the 1994 Rafto Prize Laureate, well-known Kurdish politician and respected human rights defender of Kurds in Turkey, was recently sentenced to ten years in prison by the 5th High Criminal Court.

May 23, 2012

Azerbaijan: Eurovision song contest with no European democratic values

On the eve of the Eurovision 2012 song contest, which is currently held in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, a number of Azerbaijani NGOs and activists have initiated information campaigns on human rights violations in the country or called upon international journalists to not only cover the song contest but also make press reports about human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

May 9, 2012

New Head of the Rafto Foundation’s Board of Directors

The new Head of the Rafto Foundation’s Board of Directors is Gunnar Sørbø. He is a Senior Researcher at Christian Michelsen Research Institute (CMI) in Bergen.

May 1, 2012

Chernobyl: public attention and long-term challenges

The anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe receives very little attention in today’s Belarus. The Belarusian organization “For Children of Chernobyl” emphasises the importance of remembering about what happened on 26 April 1986.

April 17, 2012

Article 19 condemns violence in Tunisia and calls for lifting of the ban on protests

ARTICLE 19 calls for lifting of the blanket ban on all protests on the Habib Bourguiba Avenue of the Tunisian capital and for investigation into the heavy-handed tactics used by Tunisian security forces to disperse thousands of protestors – including journalists, unionist and civil society representatives – that were commemorating Martyrs’ Day on the Avenue on 9 April 2012.