Many people see evil in the world and choose to do nothing. This is probably because most people feel that they are powerless when it comes to tackling large problems. This is especially the case when it comes to challenging the government. Dictators around the world understand that if they use merciless tactics to impose their will, most people will be too afraid to stand up against them. These dictators will imprison and abuse anyone who dares to express any opposition to their rule. Fortunately, Thor Halvorssen is there to speak out and fight these corrupt authoritarian dictators every step of the way.
Thor Halvorssen has spent his life as a fearless human rights advocate. In contrast to most human rights activists, Thor Halvorssen has personally felt the pain resulting from the actions of an authoritarian government. Thor’s father was a government official in Venezuela who was conducting investigations concerning corruption within the government. He was arrested on trumped-up charges and subsequently tortured in prison. Thor contacted Amnesty International and they fought hard to secure Thor’s father’s release from prison after he had been incarcerated for 74 days.
In 1999, Thor Halvorssen increased his activism by appearing before a shareholders’ meeting of Lucent Technologies. At the time China was accused of forcing 8 million people into slave labor in over 1,100 factories. Halvorssen urged Lucent Technologies to adopt policies that would require China to certify that no slave labor was used in making the products sold to the company.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded by Halvorssen in 2004. The HRF fought hard to secure the release of 7 political prisoners who were being held in the jails of various countries around the world. It is the goal of the HRF to fight tyranny wherever they find it. The HRF has fought for human rights in countries such as China, Columbia, Vietnam and Cuba.
Thor Halvorssen is also a movie producer. Thor has produced numerous films that focus on human rights issues. Thor’s films spotlight government cruelty and oppression in countries ranging from Russia to the Dominican Republic. Thor Halvorssen has proven himself to be a true champion of the downtrodden.
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.