The Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize is a prize founded in the memory of the Norwegian human rights activist, Thorolf Rafto (1922-1986). The prize is now $20,000. It began in 1987 and is awarded each year. The prize ceremony takes place on the first Sunday of November in Bergen, Norway at the National Theatre of Bergen.
Past winners[change | change source]
The first person to receive the prize was Jiří Hájek (1913–1993), a Czech politician and diplomat. He was one of the founders of Charter 77, an organization that worked for human rights in Czechoslovakia. Some other winners of the Rafto Prize are:
- Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma (1990)
- The people of East Timor, represented by José Ramos-Horta (1993)
- Kim Dae-jung from South Korea (2000)
- Shirin Ebadi from Iran (2001)
References[change | change source]
- The Rafto Foundation. The Rafto Prize
- Deutsche Welle (29 September 2016). "Iraqi activist wins Norway human rights prize"
- Bozo, Frederic; Rey, Marie-Pierre; Ludlow, N. Piers; Rother, Bernd (2012). Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990. Berghahn Books. pp. 177–190. ISBN 978-0-85745-370-9.