The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, has recently become one of the major leaders in the activism community after looking to find new ways of getting the latest news out to the world as a whole. Halvorssen has become known for the development of his own activism group, the Human Rights Foundation, and the annual meeting for all activists, the Oslo Freedom Forum; the Oslo Freedom Forum is seen as the flagship meeting for activists, politicians, reporters, and former political prisoners.
In his work with the Human Rights Foundation Thor Halvorssen has looked to make an impact on popular culture in a variety of ways, including his support for many major political groups like the Russian activists “Pussy Riot”. Halvorssen believes the work of human rights activists should be focused on helping those in the deepest need and tends to look to oppose dictators like Vladimir Putin and many tyrants based on the continent of Africa.
The Human Rights Foundation has been used by Thor Halvorssen to highlight the missteps of many popular mainstream figures who have been paid by dictators and tyrants to appear at their events. By publicizing the payments and performances made by celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, and Hilary Swank the mainstream media has reported on the issues of human rights in countries such as Angola that have been ruled by the same families for decades.
The human rights activist Thor Halvorssen has a name many people around the world have heard of because of the impressive human rights work he has completed over the last two decades. Halvorssen has been at the forefront of many of the most important campaigns that have been responsible for exploring human rights abuses in closed societies over the same time frame, including his work to expose abuses in China, North Korea, and Vietnam.
Thor has not limited himself to working in the traditional platforms that have always been open to human rights activists who generally appear in the news when they publish a new report on some form of issue taking place around the world; instead, Thor hopes to keep the plight of those affected by human rights abuses in the news throughout each year by monitoring the news and popular culture information for ideas on how to continue the high profile of this issue. One of the options Halvorssen has taken has been to expose celebrities and well known individuals as they perform for tyrants or attend events paid for by dictators who believe a celebrity will add credibility to their control of a nation.
Despite using new ways of bringing information to the public, Thor Halvorssen still ensures he keeps up the pressure on governments around the world by maintaining a presence linked to the major news organizations found in the developed world. The Venezuelan activist who is now based in New York believes the work completed by major human rights groups is important, but that too much is focused on areas of the world where democracy is in play for the majority. Thor has become a prominent panelist and interview guest on shows across the major news organizations of the planet, including CNN and Fox News in the U.S., and BBC News and al-Jazeera across the rest of the world. Thor Halvorssen has also become a major part of the largest public speaking events in the world where he provides information on human rights issues for the TedTalks events and at major institutions, such as the United Nations.