Creating a better world: Thor Halvorssen

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen is commonly known as a pragmatist human right activist and a film producer. He is highly regarded for his contributions in various aspects of human rights that include but not limits to public policy, advocacy, public interest as well as individual rights and civil liberties. With his humanitarian organizations, he has been playing a vital role to create a better tomorrow for the people who have been deprived of their rights.

Thor Halvorssen was born on 9th March 1976 to an elite family in Venezuela. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and devoted himself to ensure a fair and better environment for everyone. His first initiative for Human rights took place in 1989 when he was a small kid, and he organized opposition to the South African apartheid. However, he got involved in humanitarian activities for a full time when his father became a political prisoner in Venezuela. His mother’s tragic death in 2004 when she was shot dead while protesting in New York was another crucial point in his life. After this, he founded the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) in the same year and now served as the CEO of this organization. He is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum and Moving Picture Institute and a passionate patron of On Own Feet, a Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement.

Before that, Halvorsen served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and formed coalition with some prominent conservative and libertarian advocacy organizations.

His Human Right Foundation has played a vital role in liberating political prisoners and promoting democracy and tolerance in Latin America. This foundation has provided numerous evidence to Truth Commissions, submitted amicus briefs in major international human rights cases and also secured the release of 7 political prisoners.

Besides human right advocacy, he was also involved in producing some films such as Freedom’s FuryHammer& Tickle, Indoctrinate U, The Singing Revolution and The Sugar Babies. He is currently producing a movie named The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein. He attends public speaking events and lecture on various human rights topics. His opinions are featured in some popular platforms including but not limiting to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post. For his contributions, he was recognized with Sol Feinstone Award by the University of Pennsylvania and Presidential Silver Medal by Romanian leader Emil Constantinescu.

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Thor Halvorssen is an Advocate of Human Rights

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.