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April 11, 2012

New hope for Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma’s by-elections on 1 April have been widely covered by international media. Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she hopes Sunday’s by-elections marked the start of a new era in Burma.

April 2, 2012

U.S. charity campaigns to bring an Ugandan war criminal to justice

Invisible Children, a charity organization based in San Diego, launched an internet campaign to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice. Invisible Children posted a half-hour film about the rebel leader online, hoping to spark international action. The film about the abuse of children in Africa has been watched more than 50 million times on the internet within four days of its release, and almost six million people, including US celebrities George Clooney, Rihanna and others, have tweeted about the campaign using #StopKony.

March 29, 2012

Rafto Prize 2012 – Award ceremony

The 2012 Rafto Prize laureate will be honoured at a ceremony and concert to be held on Sunday, 4 November 2012, at the National Venue of Theatre in Bergen, Norway.

March 29, 2012

Rafto Prize 2012 – Announcement

The 2012 Rafto Prize laureate will be announced at a press conference to be held on Thursday, 27 September at 10:00, at the Rafto Human Rights House in Bergen.

March 5, 2012

NGO Leader Shares Thoughts on the Future of Belarus

Alexander Lukashenka’s regime in Belarus has often been called by international media “the last true remaining dictatorship in the heart of Europe”. Gennady Grushevoy, the 1999 Rafto Prize laureate, shares his thoughts on the current political situation in Belarus.

February 21, 2012

Martin Paulsen – the new Head of the Rafto Prize Committee

Martin Paulsen (33) is the new Head of Rafto Prize Committee. He is a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Bergen specializing in Eastern European languages and literature, as well as Internet studies.

February 18, 2012

SMUG Rejects Re-Tabled Anti Homosexuality Bill

Rafto Laureate 2011 Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) by Frank Mugisha gravely opposes the Parliament’s re-tabling of Hon. David Bahati’s notorious “Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009 on 7 February 2012 at the opening of the 9th Parliament.

February 14, 2012

Presidential elections in Turkmenistan

The authoritarian Central Asian state’s leader, who assumed power in 2006 after the death of eccentric President Saparmurat Niyazov, faces seven loyal members of the elite on the ballot, none of whom dared to criticise him during the campaign. In turn Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is predicted to win vote with critics branding rival candidates as token challengers

February 9, 2012

Iranian journalist received PEN international award

Iranian journalist, blogger and activist Asieh Amini has received the Oxfam Novib / Pen Award on January 19 from the hands of human rights ambassador Lionel Veer. The presentation took place at the ‘Theatre at the Spui’ in The Hague, during the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights Festival. This award is presented every year to writers and journalists who are persecuted or have had to flee because of their critical writing