Dead-of-night emails, texts, and messages are just a few of the indications that Thor Halvorssen is not an average human right activist, but a person dedicated to something far much greater than himself. His lineage dates back to Norwegian kings consul in Venezuela. Thor’s mother is of the descendants of Venezuelan president Cristobal Mendoza. Mr Halvorssen is 39 years old and is the founder of Human Rights Foundation based in New York. Human rights and individual liberty, according to Thor are the table upon which other discussions rest. His knowledge comes not in theory but from a first-hand experience. His father got tortured in Caracas prison for exposing corrupt government officials. Additionally, his mother was shot dead during a demonstration and his first cousin, Leopold Lopez, is currently a political prisoner in Venezuela.
Thor loves people, and mostly those that stands up against tyranny. The freedom troublemakers that blows spitballs at authoritarians are the kind of individuals he loves most. Thor has spent days in a Vietnamese jail for taping an interview of Thich Quang Do, a patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church who was under house arrest. He considered himself as a classical liberal. His foundation hires based on mission. As long as you share the same goal, the political inclination is irrelevant. Today, HRFs annual Oslo Freedom Forum is a can’t-miss event for human rights activist.
Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan based human rights activists. Additionally, he is a film producer and takes a keen interest in the production of films related to public policy, individual rights, civil liberties and pro- democracy advocacy. Thor got identified by several media groups as a maverick who fights for the powerless. In 2013, a profile in BuzzFeed described him as a man righting the wrongs and injustices made by dictators with an equal might as the dictators. He is the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual festival for human right activists. Click here to know more.
Halvorssen is the president of HRF. This foundation empowers people by teaching them their fundamental human rights. Additionally, it fights for the human rights by organizing demonstrations and petitioning the government. He is also a patron of a children’s peace movement called On Own Feet.