Thor Halvorssen is a tireless advocate for human rights. Halvorssen has fought for the rights of individuals who are victims of authoritarian oppression around the world. For Halvorssen, fighting against dictators who use violence to suppress legitimate political criticism is a personal matter. Halvorssen’s father was arrested and tortured in Venezuela after launching an investigation into government corruption. Halvorssen united with Amnesty International to get his father released from prison. Halvorssen’s mother was shot and wounded while attending a peaceful protest against the abuses of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Thor Halvorssen himself was detained during an investigation of human rights abuse that he was conducting in Ho Chi Minn City.
Thor Halvorssen’s long commitment to fighting for human rights led him to establish and incorporate the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. The Human Rights Foundation opened its headquarters in New York City in 2006. The HRC has been actively engaged in protecting the victims of government oppression around the world. The HRC has advocated on behalf of prisoners in countries including China, Uganda, Panama, Vietnam, Cuba and Venezuela. Thor Halvorssen and the HRC have also exposed many celebrities who have been complicit in dealing with oppressive dictators. Miriah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and 50 Cent are among the entertainers who have accepted money for services from corrupt dictators.
Thor Founded the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2009. The Olso Freedom Forum is an annual gathering of human rights advocates from around the world. Oslo Freedom Forum participants include Peter Thiel, Lech Walesa, Julian Assange and former Russian political prisoner, Mikhail Khodorkovski. The goal of the Oslo Freedom Forum is to bring together notable people to exchange ideas about how to fight against dictators. Some of the annual participants include former heads of state, former political prisoners and winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Halvorssen at Facebook .
In addition to his human rights advocacy, Thor Halvorssen also works as a movie producer. Some of his projects include Freedoms Fury, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Hammer and Tickle. Halvorssen carries on his human rights advocacy by producing film like The Sugar Babies which exposes human trafficking and migrant worker abuse in the Dominican Republic.