Who Is Thor Halvorssen?
Thor Halvorssen is a fighter for human rights. He has created the Human Rights Foundation, a non-profit organization that believes that all people are entitled to certain individual rights.
This includes the the right of freedom of speech and expression and to worship freely the faith that a person believes in without persecution. Other key beliefs of the Human Rights Foundation are that each person has the right to be free from slavery, torture and to be treated equally under the law.
HRF also fights against the forced exile of people, unlawful detainment of individuals and the stifling of the freedom of association. Thor Halvorssen also fights so that each citizen can take part in their government, be able to acquire property and not do anything that is against their will or conscience. Freedom to leave and enter countries is another cornerstone of the mission of the HRF. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
The creation of the Human Rights Foundation was spurred by the fact that Thor’s home country of Venezuela was taken over by a brutal and oppressive regime that is now under the leadership of Nicholas Maduro. One of his cousins is in jail for opposition to the socialist regime in power.
His mother was shot when she was involved in a protest against the dictatorial like authority of the Hugo Chavez regime. Seeing his own family oppressed, Thor decided to create the Human Rights Foundation in 2005 to not only bring attention to abuses of freedom but to actually get something done. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen
One of the ways that Thor Halvorssen brings attention to human rights abuses and the stifling of freedom of speech is by hosting an annual forum where dissidents and political activists have a platform to expose the practices of oppressive regimes. The forum hosted by the Human Rights Foundation is called the Oslo Freedom Forum and takes place in Oslo, Norway.
Thor Halvorssen is non-partisan when he works at the Human Rights Foundation. He says that he works with both conservative and liberal donors and organizations. It does not matter what your political inclinations are says Thor. As long as you are willing to fight for freedom than you are welcome at the Human Rights Foundation.