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.