Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate from Venezuela. He began advocating for human rights as a young adult, in 1989 in London. His first venture was to oppose the South African apartheid. Thor is Norwegian and Venezuelan. He was born in Venezuela, to Hilda Mendoza and Thor Halvorssen, Sr. His father was a senior aide in Venezuela, to President Carlos Perez Rodriguez. In 1993, his father was imprisoned, in Venezuela, for reporting on wrongdoing. His mother was shot by Chavez security forces several years later. She survived her attack. These early experiences prepared Thor for a life of fighting for human rights.
Halvorssen is the founder of The Oslo Freedom Forum. It is where activists meet annually to further their human rights causes. Currently, there are 57 countries represented at the forum. Thor has been at the helm of many international conflicts, making him a known personality in the global human rights movement.
His own Human Rights Foundation in New York City, was established to promote his cause throughout the world. The organization helps people escape persecution in their own countries, and helps free political dissidents from imprisonment. They try to shed light on countries where leaders abuse and mistreat their citizens in an attempt to bring about change. Since its beginning, HRF has helped with the release of seven political prisoners.
Thor is still a citizen of Venezuela, but has not returned to his country for years, for fear of being arrested. He has received many death threats for his activities, and therefore refuses to reveal his where abouts. He stays active with his cause, just guards his privacy, for his own safety.
His is producing the film adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. His thoughts and opinions have appeared in several publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time magazine, and others. He has made his views known on television programs including on Al-Jazeera, BBC News, Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN and others. Thor is a Patron of the Children’s Peace Movement, On Own Feet based in Prague. He continues to push for human rights throughout the world.
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