Not everyone knows the secret to success is achieved by assisting others to live a satisfying life. The truth is it is a daunting task to fight for the rights of others; it only needs determination, dedication, and passion for the people. Human rights activist has been in existence for the longest period now fighting and advocating for the rights of others.
Thor Halvorssen is a renowned human rights advocate. Thor was born on March 9th, 1976. He is a Venezuelan human rights advocate and a film producer who has been focusing on public interest advocacy, public policy, individual rights and civil liberties, as well as pro-democracy advocacy. Mr. Thor is so passionate about the human rights and in his efforts to fight for their rights, he has founded several organizations including; Oslo Freedom Forum. Oslo Freedom Forum is an annual gathering which economists have described as “impressive human rights festival which on the road of becoming an equivalent of the Davos Economic Forum.”
Thor Halvorssen is the founder and the President of Human Rights Foundation. Human Rights Foundation is an organization which is devoted to international human rights and freedom. Thor began his human rights advocacy while still a young adult by organizing oppositions to South Africa apartheid. Thor has a human right advocacy background, where both his parents were human rights activists. Thor’s father became a political prisoner in Venezuela, while his mother was shot dead in a human rights protest.
Thor’s Halvorssen Foundation, Human Rights Foundation, mainly focuses on fighting for the rights of others. Since its establishment, the organization has been able to release more than seven prisoners. Thor is not only a human rights activist but he is also a film producer, and he has produced a movie; the moon is a harsh mistress. Thor is also involved in community work, and he is the patron of Czech-based children’s peace movement, on own feet, and he is the founder of Moving Picture Institute. Mr. Thor is a go-getter, and he has also written several the books on individual rights and the responsibility of the state. His opinions have appeared in several papers including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and many others.
In 2005, Venezuelan film producer and human rights activist Thor Halvorssen decided the time had come to embark upon his own arena of human rights activism through the founding of the Human Rights Foundation; Halvorssen had already spent a large amount of his adolescence and early adult life working with some of the biggest human rights activism groups in the world.
Thor Halvorssen has worked to aid some of the best known activists in the world trapped in closed societies, including the large amount of time he has spent working with Russian activists, such as Gary Kasparov and Pussy Riot.
The work of the Venezuelan born, New York based expert has seen him take his expertise to some of the world’s most respected groups, such as the Harvard Law School, the United Nations, and the British Houses of Parliament.
The political choices of Thor Halvorssen have become well known as he has backed specific groups and leaders in their quest to overcome tryannical governments in all their forms. Slavery and anti-democratic policies in China have always been an important part of the work of Thor Halvorssen who attended the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony as a guest of Chinese recipient Liu Xiaobo. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.forbes.com/sites/thorhalvorssen/
The strong links to some of the best known political activists in the world Thor Halvorssen has built has seen him bring many of these political experts to the board of the Human Rights Foundation. The anti Putin stance of Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation has seen him appoint Russian dissident Gary Kasparov to the role of President. For
Thor Halvorssen the need to place his own body on the line for his beliefs is well known after he suffered a vicious beating by Vietnamese officials after interviewing a religious leader who had been under house arrest for over a decade.
The traditional pathway for individuals to become involved in human rights does not usually involve coming from a long line of diplomats and aristocrats, but Venezuela’s Thor Halvorssen does not seem to be the archetypal human rights activist. Halvorssen has spent a large amount of his adult life working to protect vulnerable people living in closed societies and under tyrannical rule from the abuses they tend to face when stripped of their human rights.
The privileged position Thor Halvorssen appears to have been born into includes a family filled with government officials and human rights activists in Norway and Venezuela, but this position has not limited the personal effect human rights problems have had on Halvorssen. In fact, Thor Halvorssen has seen members of his immediate family personally affected by the loss of their human rights; Halvorssen’s father revealed major law enforcement corruption in his role as the Venezuelan drug czar, but found his diplomatic status gave him no protection from arrest and torture.
Despite the many problems Thor Halvorssen has witnessed during his life and role as a leader of a number of human rights charities he has maintained his position that political influence should be kept out of the work he completes. Halvorssen has owned a traditionally left wing newspaper in Norway and appeared on the conservative Fox News network as a commentator on politics; during his appearance on Fox News Thor Halvorssen revealed he was a supporter of Bernie Sanders for the role of U.S. President.
As the founder of the Human Rights Foundation Thor Halvorssen has been recognized as a leader in the activism community, which includes his establishment of a number of not for profit groups, including The Motion Picture Institute and The Oslo Freedom Forum. The film producer is well known around the world for his appearances and writings with major news outlets, including the BBC, CNN, and The Huffington Post.