In a society focused on celebrities and reality television, it is absolutely crucial that people have important figures to look up to as role models. Founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, Thor Halvorssen is an influential human rights advocate. Thor also serves as the acting President of the Human Rights Foundation an organization that focuses on the protection of Human rights on a global scale. The Human Rights Foundation with Thor Halvorssen at its helm is responsible for advocacy campaign across the globe, especially in South America and Africa. Halvorssen seeks to define modern activism through his works around the globe.
Thor Halvorssen was born in Mendoza Venezuela. His father and mother served as figures that would shape Thor Halvorssen’s future human rights career. His father had been imprisoned for taking a stand against drug cartels, which would drive his father to go on to become the director of International Society for Human Rights’s Pan-American Committee. His father’s illustrious world advocate work history would be one of the greatest influences on the choices Thor Halvorssen made for his own career.
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Thor Halvorssen continues to be an active film producer. Some of his biggest produced film projects include “Indoctrinate U”, “Sugar Babies, and “2081”. Halvorssen chooses to produce films that carry a conservative message. “Indoctrinate U,” being one of his earliest films, discusses the impact of political bias perpetrated by the left on college campuses. Through the use of film as a medium, Halvorssen has been able to reach a much larger audience than he otherwise would be capable to.
Thor Halvorssen serves as a role model in a modern era of needed success. Through his passion for films, human rights, and overall human decency, Halvorssen has developed a power to reach a generation of individuals seeking to be inspired. His excellent work continues to be seen through his foundations and regular appearances on mainstream media channels such as FOX News and BBC. Halvorssen has cultivated a presence through modern media that aims to do charity for the world and touch generations to come.
No human rights abusing unilateral dictator can hide from Thor Halvorssen. The 39-year-old founder of the Human Rights Foundation has set his sights on unilateral dictators around the world after experiencing the imprisonment of his father when he was young.
As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, a young Thor Halvorssen reached out to Amnesty International in order to get help for his father. His father was being held captive as a political prisoner in Venezuela. He was tortured during his 74 days in prison before his release was negotiated by international human rights groups. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwYmcbRYi1w
And despite the fact that the dictator of Venezuela ran a socialist government, Thor Halvorssen ensures anybody who would listen that he picks no sides politically. Democratic socialist governments in Norway, for example, are perfectly fine according to Thor Halvorssen. He points to their separation of powers, checks and balances, and vibrant democracy as examples of what good can come out of the socialist government.
Crunchbase said that, according to Thor Halvorssen, is when a government features unilateral power with no checks and balances.
The Human Rights Foundation has recently targeted the supreme leader of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea. Kim Jong Un is a third-generation unilateral dictator who rose to power through violence. He assassinated any political dissidents in his way, including his uncle, and has put his people through social torture. An estimated 3.5 million North Koreans have perished due to starvation and famine. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
The Human Rights Foundation travel to the border towns of South Korea in 2013 in order to release goods into North Korea via balloon. Informational pamphlets, cash and entertainment DVDs were floated into North Korea in hopes of educating its people.
And the actions of the Human Rights Foundation couldn’t come at a better time. A spotlight was on North Korea as they claimed responsibility for the hack of the Sony Corporation in retaliation for the release of the movie The Interview. The world’s attention amplified the actions of the HRF.