The 2015 Rafto Prize is awarded to Honduran priest Padre Melo for his defence of freedom of expression in one of the most violent countries in the world.
The 2015 Rafto Prize is awarded to the Honduran priest, radio activist and human rights campaigner Ismael Moreno Coto, better known as Padre Melo. The Prize is awarded in recognition of his use of the media in defence of freedom of expression and fundamental rights in Honduras, a country plagued by extreme violence. Journalists, human rights activists and others are subjected to serious harassment and death threats, and the murder statistics have been alarmingly high in the past ten years. In this situation, Padre Melo is a fearless spokesperson who works tirelessly to investigate and communicate the reasons for the violence and abuse committed against vulnerable groups in society.
'If you don't see things from the viewpoint of the groups whose rights are being constantly violated and whose freedom of expression has been taken from them, then tell me: where is the Christian gospel?'
'In proportion to its population, Honduras has the most alarming violation of the freedom of expression in the world.'
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The 2015 Rafto Conference
Key Note Speech by Rafto Laureate Padre Melo, in addition to experts on Honduran politics, history and the country’s human rights crisis.Saturday, October 31 at 10:00
The 2015 Rafto Prize Award Ceremony
The ceremony will comprise artistic performances and speeches, and will be followed by a torchlight procession outside Den Nationale Scene. The Rafto Prize comprises a diploma and a monetary prize of 20 000 USD.Sunday, November 1 at 18:00
Rafto Prize Laureates
The Rafto Foundation has since 1987 awarded, annually, the Rafto Prize for Human Rights to advocates of human rights and democracy.See all Rafto Prize Laureates