Tyrants are in for a rough time because of Human Rights Foundation Founder, Thor Halvorssen. The 39-year old’s foundation has headquarters in New York. Mr Halvorssen was born in Caracas to parents that have Norwegian and Venezuelan origins. His grandparents were influential. Halvorssen’s family has a track record of championing for human rights. Hiss course has not been different. He has been at the forefront of advancing human rights and individual liberty courses as well. Halvorssen launched the Human Rights Foundation in 2005.
His grasp of the issue is not only theoretical. His father spent time in a Caracas prison and was tortured for exposing corruption in the administration. Halvorssen’s father worked as the head of drug control. His mother also faced the same force of the administration when she was shot at while demonstrating against Hugo Chavez. Despite of the challenges, which his family members have undergone, Halvorssen presses on with his activism. He is different for he has a high regard for humanity and people.
He was once beaten for the cause. On a mission to talk to ThichQuang Do, Halvorssen was beaten by Vietnamese authorities. That was after taping an interview the residence of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam patriarch. Quang Do’s church had been outlawed. Do himself had been under a house arrest for 28 years. Halvorssen was detained by the Vietnamese authorities. He managed to be free after successfully persuading the authorities that he was a seeker of Buddhism.
The work that his employees at Human Rights Foundation focus on is on shedding light particularly on bad governance. They also amplify the voice of political prisoners and dissidents. In this endeavor, Thor collaborates with organizations like Amnesty International. In addition, The Oslo Freedom Forum that his organization, HRF, hosts each year has become a signature event for human rights campaigners as well as reporters.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen is a human rights campaigner. His input is in the areas of pro-democracy advocacy, public policy, civil liberties, along with public interest advocacy. He is the activist behind the Oslo Freedom Forum. Additionally, Halvorssen is the patron of the Children’s Peace Movement, which is based in the Czech Republic.
Halvorssen also works as a film producer. He is producing a film with Bryan Singer. Thor was featured on TEDx held at the University of Pennsylvania. Leading outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, The Nation, National Public Radio, and Time Magazines have all featured his opinions. Halvorssen has also appeared on HBO, MSNDC, CNN, Fox News, and BBC News.