Dealing with human rights and constantly receiving criticism requires a heart of steel. This is what Thor Halvorssen is made of. He has been fighting for the rights of fellow human beings since he was a small boy. To ensure that he reaches a wide audience, Thor has opened social media accounts on several platforms such as Facebook, Whassup, Twitter and even Instagram. In these accounts, Thor Halvorssen talks about the various issues affecting humanity and has a huge following. Some of the issues he addresses with these social media accounts include threats to democracy, slavery and human trafficking in general.
On a normal day, he fights these evils in all forms. He organizes demonstrations or at times requires participants to sign petitions opposing a certain unfair act. He has been able to achieve this using the Human Rights Foundation that is based in New York. Since its foundation in the year 2005, the organization has been able to free more than seven prisoners of conscience. Some of the nations that have felt the wrath of this organization include Vietnam, Cuba, Panama, Bolivia and Venezuela. On several occasions, Thor Halvorssen has let other people take the leadership of this organization by stepping down. This is always perceived as a good gesture that Thor is not hungry for power like the dictators he opposes. Thor Halvorssen says that he loves humanity. On the other hand, he says that he has more affection for those that cannot stand against oppression. Thor lives every word he preaches as he has been tortured for trying to talk to a political prisoner in Vietnam.
His opposition is not reserved for Latin America and Africa only; he is a constant critic of several American Congress members as well as leaders from Western Europe. Some of the Congress members that he has criticized in the past include John Serrano and John Conyers. As the leader of the Oslo Freedom Forum, Thor Halvorssen has made friends in the human rights industry, and they include Julian Assange, Elie Wiesel, Vaclav Havel and Leopoldo Lopez and no forgetting Garry Kasparov. Thor Halvorssen is of Venezuelan descent.
Thor HalVorsen’s background check
Halvorsen was born in Caracas in 1976, and he hails from a family of leaders. His mother is a descendant of the first Venezuela president Cristobal Mendoza while his paternal grandfather Oystein was the consul of the Norwegian King during the World War II.
Thor Halvorssen began advocating for human rights as an adolescent back in 1989 when he organized opposition to apartheid in South Africa. Apart from being a global human rights activist, Halvorsen is also a film producer and an actor and is known for films such as 2081.
How Thor Halvorsen rose to fame
Thor Halvorssen was key in ensuring the release of his father after he was imprisoned without a rightful conviction. After his mother had been shot in a political protest in 2004, Thor Halvorsen founded Human Rights Foundation, an organization that is exceptionally vocal against human trafficking, dictatorship, slavery and all forms of democracy threats.
His profound engagement in the convoluted and mostly frowned upon politics have continually put him in innumerable conflicts. His New York–based Human Rights Foundation’s key agenda is to battle abusive governments around the world. The organization stops at nothing to ensure that they achieve their goal whether that implies removing activists from their nations or campaigning for freedom of political detainees. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.forbes.com/sites/thorhalvorssen/
The Oslo Freedom Forum
Thor Halvorsen is also the brains behind the formation of the Oslo Freedom Forum. It was founded in 2009 and was meant to be a one-off event, but it has taken place annually since then. It was created based on the fact that in as much as everyone has a right to live and be free of political oppression, that right does not always defend itself.
Its main objective is to bring together notable people from the world over so that they can exchange ideas on human rights, their reforms and at the same time expose dictators.
Oslo Freedom Forum continues to receive immense media coverage, with the Wired Magazine suggesting that, “if the global human rights movement were to create its unified representative body, it would look something like this”.