Thor Halvorssen is a young humanitarian that has a family history of politics and royalty. Thor Halvorssen is 39 years old and he is the President of the Human Rights Foundation, which he started in 2005. According to a Huffington Post article, Thor Halvorssen is best known for exposing corrupt practices by the Venezuelan government. Back in 1989 Mr. Halvorssen began making a name for himself as he stood firmly against apartheid in South Africa during the preliminary events that led up to the release of political prison Nelson Mandela.
As the drug Czar of Venezuela Mr. Halvorssen uncovered many injustices that have also affected his family. His father was tortured and his mother was shot as a result of the family’s opposition to dictator Hugo Chávez’s regime.
Mr. Halvorssen is also known for standing up for the rights of people internationally. In 2012 demonstrators that are opposed to the policies and authority of Russian President Vladimir Putin were beaten and jailed. Mr. Halvorssen quickly came to the aide of the Russian demonstrators and demanded that their human rights be taken into account. Among the notable demonstrators that were involved include chess master Garry Kasparov and the Russian rock band Pussy Riot. Pussy Riot was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for creating a song the was anti President Vladimir Putin.