The boss of the New York-headquartered Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Thor Halvorssen, comes from a lineage of leaders and human rights believers. Fighting for human rights and freedom comes naturally to him. His family members have been tortured in the line of fighting for human rights. Mr Thor, however, doesn’t wallow himself in pity or sadness and doesn’t go with the traditional belief of activists loving humanity and hating people. He notes that he loves people who have the courage to stand up against dictators. He has been keen on the people he places to head his organization, which is manifested by the hiring of Václav Havel and Garry Kasparov. Thor considers himself as a classical liberal. For him, the political inclination of the people he hires is not important as long as they share the same mission of driving out dictators. HRF focuses on fighting authoritarianism and be a voice for political prisoners from all over the world.
Thor notes that his line of work is not a walk in the park. He and his cameraman have been beaten up and arrested when they went to interview a Buddhist church leader who was under house arrest in Vietnam. He had to lie to the Vietnamese authorities that he was a Buddhist seeker for his freedom. This manifests his belief that human rights cannot be fought for by talking only, but by fiercely defending them by all means. HRF holds an annual forum, Oslo Freedom Forum, which has grown in popularity and is now named Davos for Dissidents by reporters. Thor Halvorssen on Facebook.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen is a respected human rights activist, who hails from Venezuela. He focuses his efforts on advocating for public interests and pro-democracy as well as individual rights and freedom.
Thor Halvorssen studied political science and history at the renowned University of Pennsylvania. Thor is also a film producer.