Thor Halvorssen is always in the middle of various international conflicts. This has made him among the most perplexing persons in human rights. His Human Rights Foundation is focused on combating the oppressive regimes across the world. This can include extricating the human rights activists from these countries. It can also mean mounting campaigns that would help to free the political prisoners. Another way is to invite dissidents as well as journalists for the annual forum of the Foundation.
Thor Halvorssen is a person of controversy in Norway too, where this conference is organized once a year. This conference attracts nearly 450 persons during the day when the speeches are being made. There are nearly 250 for dinner along with the evening activities. The Human Rights Foundation claimed that nearly fifty seven countries are represented here. This forum is considered to be an international networking party. Here, dissidents are seen to be trading ideas on overthrowing all those regimes that are authoritarian. Click here to watch video.
Thor Halvorssen insists that he is not interested in politics. His only interest is human rights. His work makes him a prominent figure in the human rights world. He appears to be a 20th-century person that is making use of the 21st-century tools along with a diverse set of associates to depose those dictators.
He is fluent in four languages. These are namely English, Spanish besides French, and Portuguese. He was born in Venezuela. He studied at the Pennsylvania University. He was the editor of an alternative conservative school paper. This was called Red and Blue. He lived the life of any other American college kid. This was when he managed to cross paths with several American as well as international figures, who were highly influential. Even when he was in college, he understood politics as well as cultures really well.
Mr. Halvorssen Thor is half-Venezuelan and Half-Norwegian and founder of HRF (Human Rights Foundation). He speaks American English without the influence of been born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Thor’s knowledge of the subject of human rights is not theoretical; one of his experiences dates back when Mr. Halvorssen exposed government’s corrupt deals while working as Venezuela’s drug czar and his father got arrested for it. As a devoted human rights activist, he didn’t spend time being a sad-sack activist instead he loved people, and the people he loves to date are defectors, dissidents, and freedom’s troublemakers.
Mr. Thor has also had his fair share of beating while in the human rights mission. In 2010, Mr. Halvorssen and his cameraman crossed over to Ho Chi Minh City to interview the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam’s patriarch. Mr. ThichQuang Do, who was the patriarch, was under house arrest for nearly three decades and his Buddhist church banned from operation. So Thor and his cameraman snuck into his monastery, and taped an interview, on their way out, Vietnamese authorities arrested Thor and roughed him up till he had to convince the police he was a Buddhist seeker.
The staffs at HRF join the course on the basis that they’re on the same mission to rid the world of tyranny despite their political inclinations. The staffers range from law professionals who are the masterminds of operations to dishwater democrats. Their work takes them to various corners of the globe as the world lives under outright despotism. Their cause of travel is to shine a light on authoritarianism. Mr. Thor’s company might be small compared to other human rights organizations, but their primary target is only the big fish like governments or any strong authorities.
Since its birth, HRF has successfully tabled evidence to truth Commissions, secured the release of seven prisoners of conscience, published two books on individual rights and responsibilities of the state, and also provided amicus briefs in major international human rights cases.