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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