Thor Halvorssen, founder of the Human Rights Foundation works hard to stop dictators from violating the human rights of other people. Over the last 10 years, he has worked tirelessly advocating for the rights of others. Today, his latest target is North Korean dictator, Kim Jung Il, and based on his past record, it is easy to see why people consider him a formidable opponent, and someone that people would rather have fighting for them.
He has been recognized for his efforts through publicity in a number of major news organizations including Fox News and Buzzfeed. Recently an article in the Weekly Standard even labled Thor Halvorssen a troublemaker for tyrants. Unlike many people in his position, Halvorssen is more than just a passionate activist. He is fulled by his experinces as a young boy growing up in Venezula, and has the drive and work ethic to more than just the face of the campaign.
Thor is not afraid to work hard. Colleagues have praised him for his hard work and strong ethics, noting that he does not back down or compromise on principles and that he often gets up early and goes to bed late while working on a campaign. Halvorssen is not afraid to stand up to the authorities either.
A few years ago, while working in Vietnam and recording an interview with the leader of an underground Buddhist organization, he was detained by the authorities. He did not let being beaten up and bruised intimidate him into giving up his sources or his coworker. The cameraman had escaped with the footage, but no matter what, Halvorssen was not willing to give him up. Eventually, Halvorssen was able to convince the authorities to release him by convincing them he was a Buddhist speaker.
One of his latest campaigns involves hackathons, where he and the other members of the HRF smuggle electronics and information in and out of the Democratic Republic of North Korea, and ironic name for such an oppressed country. This allows dissadents to comunicate with the world and help to organize agaist the 70 years of dictators that have ruled the country.
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.