Venezuelan human rights defender, Thor Halvorssen is regarded as the de facto leader of the global human rights movement. Here is a man who has taken on dictatorial regimes across the globe without fear. Besides this, he has made significant contributions to public interest advocacy, public policy, civil liberties, pro-democracy advocacy, and individual rights through his numerous published works.
Thor’s dedication to fighting for human liberties has seen him gain recognition from publications such as The Economist. His brainchild, Oslo Freedom Forum has been described as a remarkable human rights festival. Thor similarly serves as the Human Rights Foundation’s president. This organization has distinguished itself for its devotion towards global human rights. Besides this, Thor is the Patron of the Children’s Peace Movement, a Czech-based organization. He uses these organizations to speak out against the historical suppression of human rights.
Thor’s Political Involvement
Mr. Halvorssen’s family has strong political ties. The University of Pennsylvania alumnus was himself a victim of political suppression during is tentative years. His father was nearly murdered by a dictatorial regime. Thor was on the forefront advocating for his father’s release. This saw him come into contact with international organizations such as Amnesty International, thus catapulting him into international activism. He has gained prominence in matters related to dictatorship, slavery, human trafficking, and threats to democracy.
The Human Rights Foundation
Thor founded the organization in 2004 with the objective of championing the true definition of human rights. The Human Rights Foundation was amalgamated in 2005, and has offices in New York. Its international council comprises well-known global human rights advocates including Harry Wu, Vladimir Bukovsky, and Elie Wiesel. HRF has consistently championed for the release of political prisoners who are behind bars on trampled up charges.
Thor’s Film Involvement
Mr. Halvorssen had a passion for film production from a young age. This has seen him produce award-winning films including Freedom’s Fury, Hammer and Tickle, Indoctrinate U, The Singing Revolution, 2081, and The Sugar Babies. Most of these films focus on the theme of political freedom. At the moment, Thor is involved in the production of a film adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
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