A product of his generation, Thor Halvorssen has defined what it is to be a successful human rights activist. His work with the Oslo Forum, in film making, and in defense of the overworked and mistreated has established him as one of the most influential individuals to tackle human rights in the 21st century.
Early Upbringing and Education
Thor Halvorssen were born in Venezuela. His parents would have incidents in which his father would be jailed, and mother shot in standing up for the government and fighting corruption. This early occurrence had a gigantic impact on Thor Halvorssen’s life as he would learn to stand up to corruption in government and push agendas geared towards making lives better.
Halvorssen was in college studying Politics and History at the University of Pensylvania when the events occurred. The combination of the intellectual setting in which he lived in in combination with his parents enthusiasm for standing up to corruption prompted Halvorssen to write articles for the Washington Post and inspired his further creation of the Oslo Forum and the films he would later go on to create.
Success With the Oslo Forum
The Oslo Forum was created by Halvorssen in order to establish a giant meet up in which individuals could then discuss human rights issues via a constructive convention. The convention acts as a big celebration for human rights and helps to bolster positive ideas that are championed across the globe. Established in 2003 the Oslo Forum hosts around 100 participants who speak on a variety of topics. The Norway held convention has proven to be a fantastic success that has gone on to set a precedent for world leaders in regard to values.
Through his films such as Sugar Babies and Indoctrinate U Halvorssen has been able to create highly influential human rights videos. These videos champion ideas surrounding human trafficking and the abuse of political power in educational environments. Halvorssen continues to focus most of his efforts on film making, establishing himself as one of the most successful human rights film makers of all time. Halvorssen is truly an inspirational role model for future generations to come.
Thor Halvorssen was first noticed by news watchers as a person holding negative views against the socialist regime in Venezuela, his native country. He had criticized the Chavez and Maduro regimes and was placing blame for the Venezuelan economic condition solely on their socialist leadership and not on the devalued price of crude oil which the country uses as a basis for their economy. Adding another voice against an unpopular socialist government of a country with a deteriorating economy is an easy task.
Halvorssen is a man of the world not just Venezuela, his roots go back to Scandinavia as well as being entrenched within the former power structure of Venezuela, who were the natural opponents of the socialist governments of Chavez and Maduro. His parents had tremendous wealth and power in Venezuela and left Thor in a financially sound position in his young life. He, like many offspring who do not need to work to make a living, started a foundation. His foundation, The Human Rights Foundation, works to showcase oppressive regimes that allow little freedom of expression. His first targets were Venezuela and Cuba and thus angered many on the left side of the political spectrum. Republicans, always looking for personalities and foundations expressing right leaning advocacies, considered him an ally, and used him on a Fox News segment to take a shot at the Socialist candidacy of Bernie Sanders. The interview backfired horribly because Thor defended socialism when used in an open political society and even said that he gave the Sanders campaign a large financial contribution. This interview further added to the enigma that is Thor Halvorssen. His dedication to the principles of the classic liberal, John Stuart Mill, is not fully exposing this mysterious man to our eyes. Many are left regarding him as a handsome, well-spoken figure in the human rights arena, but he still remains a mystery.
We need to hear and read more about this man and a book, a manifesto, is in order to explain who is the true Thor Halvorssen.
What is the Human Rights Foundation? As its name suggests, the Human Rights Foundation, or HRF, is a foundation that stands for human rights and tries to preserve human rights as best as it can. There are many human rights violators and violations on the face of this planet, which is why the Human Rights Foundation was started.
The Human Rights Foundation adheres to the principles put forth by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which was created in 1976. It believes that every human being has the right to worship the way he or she chooses and has the right to practice his or her lifestyle as he or she sees fit without any restrictions placed on him or her by other people. The Human Rights Foundation does everything it can to ensure that people do indeed have the ability to live freely.
Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation. Born to a Norwegian and Venezuelan background, he founded the Human Rights Foundation after his mother was shot in Venezuela in 2004. He is described by the New York Times as the champion of the underdog. Indeed, even as a young man in 1989 in London, he championed and protested against the apartheid that was then practiced by the government of South Africa.
Thor Halvorssen is by no means a stranger to oppressed peoples and oppressive governments. He has had his fair share of losses caused by dictatorships. His own father was savagely beaten and tortured in 1993 while being locked up in a Venezuelan jail for political reasons. His father was a high-ranking diplomat who had ambassador status. His cousin, Leopoldo Lopez, also a Venezuelan politician, was similarly arrested by the Venezuelan government. His mother was shot by Venezuelan police, as mentioned above, and this shootout was broadcast live over television.
All these occurrences caused Thor to becomes a champion for human rights.