The Rafto Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the global promotion of human rights. The main object is, in the spirit of Professor Thorolf Rafto, to promote human rights, primarily intellectual, political and economic freedom. The Foundation shall award the annual Professor Thorolf Rafto’s Prize for Human Rights work. The work of the Rafto Foundation includes support the laureates’ work and human rights education.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:


Target group: human rights defenders

Operates 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. The Rafto Prize laureate receives a diploma and prize money of 20 000 USD.