Thor Halvorssen Stands for Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen was born Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza in 1976. He is currently a human rights activist who is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum and the president of the Human Rights Foundation. In addition, he is a movie producer with a film in production.

The Oslo Freedom Forum is an annual global gathering of human rights activists held in Oslo. Halvorssen first called a gathering in 2009, and it has been a yearly event since. The event provides a platform for activists to speak freely and share their ideas without having the fear of government oppression. The speakers include people who share the vision that the world can be more peaceful, prosperous, and free.

The Human Rights Foundation is a global non-profit organization that was founded by Halvorseen in 2005. The foundation promotes and protects human rights all over the world. They have fought for the release of political prisoners including Chinese native Liu Xiaobo. Other cases of advocacy for political prisoners occur in Venezuela, Vietnam, and Cuba. They have also defended human rights in Columbia. The main headquarters for the Human Rights Foundation is in New York City, New York.

Halvorssen has also produced/co-produced several films including Freedom’s Fury and Hammer & Tickle. He also produced the documentary, Indoctrinate U, which targets intolerant behavior on college campuses. Finally, Thor Halvorssen is currently producing a film adaptation of a science fiction novel called The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Bryan Singer is acting as the director for this upcoming film.

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February 11, 2017

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Thor Halvorssen’s Model for Activism

Thor Halvorssen has had a rough time trying to raise awareness on human rights. The activist suffered outright physical beating from those who serve tyrants. The Weekly Standard has published an intriguing article about the man and some of the troubles he has had to endure.

Halvorssen has suffered physical beatings from Vietnamese authorities during his global adventures. Friends and family have also suffered similar punishments. When he father tried to expose corruption in Venezuela, the elder Halvorssen’s physical altercations while imprisoned were brutal.

In many parts of the world, things are run by tyrants. Thor Halvorssen works very hard to expose human rights abuses and embarrass those in positions of authority. He runs the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which is based out of New York City. Halvorssen has made numerous appearances on cable news programs promoting his causes. In doing so, he raised awareness about a host of important issues that are sometimes neglected and unfortunately so.

Halvorssen shares a kinship with dissidents throughout the world. No one should see this as shocking. They all share the same cause. A bit of confusion abounds when it comes to defining Halvorssen’s political leanings. Since he is critical of left-wing dictatorships, he has been labeled a right-wing activist. Halvorssen shuns this label and prefers to use the description “classical liberal”. Libertarians like to use the same moniker.

Ultimately, Thor Halvorssen’s exact political leanings are unimportant. What is important is his ability to shed light on human rights violations and abuses throughout the world.

July 18, 2016

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