Honduran priest wins Rafto Prize

The Bergen-based foundation that awards the annual Rafto Prize for Human Rights announced Thursday that this year’s winner is the Honduran priest Ismael Moreno Coto, better known as Padre Melo. He was hailed for his defense of “freedom of expression in one of the most violent countries in the world.” The Rafto Prize jury cited Padre Melo, […]

Rafto winner credits ‘unnamed heroes’

Maryam al-Khawaja, acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, accepted the Rafto Prize in Bergen on Sunday on behalf of the center, but said she wasn’t the one who should be on the stage receiving the accolades. Rather, she said, it was “the people on the streets of Bahrain who are the unnamed […]

Rafto Prize highlights abuse in Bahrain

The Bergen-based Rafto Foundation announced Thursday that its Rafto Prize for 2013 will go to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, for its “long and courageous fight for fundamental human rights” in Bahrain. The foundation also criticized Norwegian authorities for not doing enough to promote human rights in Bahrain. This year’s Rafto Prize was said […]