Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate. He founded the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. He is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum and the patron of the Prague-based children’s peace movement. Before the formation of the HRF, Thor was the co-founder, Executive Director, and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. His sentiments have been published in many venues like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Daily Telegraph, and The Economist. The New York Times described Thor as “A champion for the underdog and the powerless.”
Thor Halvorssen began fighting for human rights back in 1989 in London. He organized the anti-apartheid protest to express the view and plight of South Africans. He is of Norwegian and Venezuelan origin. His passion for human right arose because his father was tortured and imprisoned in Venezuela. In 2004, his mother was shot in a political anti-Hugo Chavez protest. The HRF’s primary objective is to liberate political prisoners and promotion of democracy in Latin America. Thor’s foundation has successfully managed to release seven prisoners of conscience. Click here to know more.
Thor says that he loves humanity. He loves freedom’s troublemakers, who oppose and throw spitballs at dictators and stand against tyranny. Thor appointed Garry Kasparov to be the Chairman of HRF, after the death of Vaclav Havel in 2011. Kasparov was harassed by police in Russia while protesting against Pussy Riot’s verdict. He was sentenced two years in Prison for singing anti-Putin songs.
Thor was beaten and detained by Vietnam police in 2010. He had snuck into the house of ThichQuang, leader of Buddhist Church of Vietnam. His camera operator had to hide the video card in his rectum! Thor is thought of as a right-winger for his criticism of left-wing Latin American dictators and funding from conservative foundations. Thor denies the traditional tag, and considers himself a “classical liberal.” Thor doesn’t choose his staff based on their political affiliations. Javier El-Hagge, a Bolivian attorney, works for his for his foundation. His organization might be small, but they after the influential dictators in the society.