The Endeavours Of Thor Halvorssen

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza was born on March 9, 1976. He is a half Norwegian and half Venezuelan. Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and advocate. He is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum. The Economist described the organization as a “spectacular human right festival that is on its way to becoming a human right equivalent of The Davos Economic Forum.”

Thor Halvorssen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Thor serves as the President of Human Right Foundation. It is an organization that is committed and dedicated to fighting for global human rights and freedom. He is also the Patron of On Own Feet and Children’s Peace movement that is based in the Czech Republic.

Thor’s paternal grandfather was the Norwegian King’s Consul in Venezuela during the Second World War His mother is descendent from Venezuela’s first President. Thor has been no stranger to facing hurdles when dealing with people in powerful positions. His father was arrested by the Venezuelan police after he exposed the corrupt nature of the government while he worked as a Venezuela’s drug mogul. His mother was caught in the shootout that erupted between protesters and police officers in Venezuela in an anti-Hugo Chaves demonstration.

Thor has continuously stated that he loves the people, and he would always fight for what is genuine and just. He replaced Vaclav Havel as the Chairperson of HRF with Garry Kasparov in 2011. Kasparov was assaulted and arrested by Russian police while leading a protest for the verdict of Pussy Riot. Halvorssen at Facebook.

In 2010, Thor Harlvorssen was beaten and assaulted. He and is cameraperson had traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to cover an interview with Quang Do. The vocal leader had been under house arrest for the past 28 years. As they left the monastery, Thor was apprehended by the Vietnamese police and detained. He was released after he lied to them that he was a Buddhist seeker. His cameraperson managed to escape using the side door. It was funny when he recounted how he hid the video card in his rectum!

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The Thor Halvorssen Effect

The Human Rights Foundation

The Human Rights Foundation is probably one of the most prolific organizations fighting against dictatorships in the world. Since 2004 Thor Halvorssen has used the Human Rights Foundation to provide a platform for activists who want to create open societies. His work has frequently been featured in the news and he has often received accolades, but there is so much more behind why he has made such a serious efforts to try to help others. Although he lives a rather privileged life in the United States, he has not forgotten about his family in Venezuela and the things that have happened in his birth country. Thor wants to eradicate that sort of oppression from the face of the Earth. Watch Video Here .

Changing His Birth Country

His home country has a long history of rule by oppressive rulers. Under these rulers the people live in horrific conditions and suffer from all sorts of abuses. His family has actually experienced much of this abuse firsthand. His father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, was actually arrested because of his efforts to investigate potential ties between drug dealers and government officials. While in prison he was beat and he was placed under arrest. Beyond that he has also seen a family member killed. In 2004, the same year he founded the Human Rights Foundation, his mother Hilda Mendoza was killed during a protest against Hugo Chavez. The men who killed her were never convicted. Events such as these have shaped his and motivated him to change the country he was born in. It isn’t an easy thing to do but he refuses to allow the tragedies that have struck his life to take their toll on anyone else.

About Thor Halvorssen

Halvorssen is one of the most well-known activists of our time. His work through the Human Rights Foundation has ensured that people across the world are able to live better lives and protect their freedom. Beyond his work as an activist he is also an accomplished filmmaker with many highly acclaimed films in his record.

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Thor Halvorssen: A Renowned Human Rights Lawyer

Thor Halvorssen is a film producer, and human rights advocate with contributions in the areas of individual rights, public interest advocacy, public policy and pro-democracy advocacy. Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum, a yearly gathering depicted by The Economist as being a “spectacular human-rights festival that is almost becoming a human-rights version of Davos economic forum. Thor is the principal at the Human Rights Foundation. He founded the Moving Picture Institute, and he is a patron at a Czech-based Children’s Peace forum.

Halvorssen has aired his opinions in The New York Times, National Public Radio, National Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and The Washington Post. Some of the television outlets he has appeared on include BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor- a Fox News Channel, CNN and HBO among others. In October 2010, Thor was a speaker at the Pennsylvania University. The New York Times describes Thor Halvorssen as an advocate for the underdog as well as the powerless.

Thor began his career as a human rights lawyer while still an adolescent in 1989 by organizing opposition to the South African apartheid. Thor has a background in Norway and Venezuela. He became fully involved in individual rights after his dad’s political imprisonment in Venezuela.

In 2004 he established a Human Rights Foundation in New York after his mom got shot during a political demonstration. The foundation is committed to freeing political prisoners as well as fostering democracy and tolerance across Latin America. Since its inception, the organization has managed to provide evidence to Truth Commissions, release seven prisoners of conscience and submit amicus briefs in international human rights lawsuits.

Thor has two published books, one on individual rights and the other one on the responsibilities of the state. He has specialized in matters regarding human trafficking, slavery, dictatorships and threats to democracy.

Thor has lectured extensively on the topic of human rights. Some of the places he has taught include the Harvard Law School, the New York’s United Nations Association, the American Enterprise Institute and the New York City’s Junto.

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