Category: Human Rights Foundation
Thor Halvorssen is a people lover that is the reason why he founded Human Rights Foundation. The 40 years old who is half Venezuelan and half Norwegian founded his organization which is based in New York in 2005. Thor Halvorssen of background is an adventurous as well as royal, as his paternal grandfather was a counsel of the Venezuelan king during two world war two. In his era as counsel, the Germans invaded his home, and he was forced to turn away the Norway’s fleet to Venezuelan ports. Thor’s mother had originated from the family of the first Venezuelan President Cristal Mendoza and Simon Bolivar the Liberator, a military leader who assisted the Latin America’s to win from Spain.
Thor did not only originate from a royal family, but also from a social activist background. His grandfather Oystein was on the frontline in the fight against corruption and after exposing the government corruption he was jailed and tortured during the period he was working on a drug Czar in Venezuela. His mother who also fought for humanity was shot while demonstrating in an anti-Chavez protest. Currently, his first cousin Leopoldo Lopez is in jail for political reasons as he was in the forefront in challenging the Chavez regime that refused to end with its namesake.
Thor himself was arrested after he and his cameraman traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to interview the founder of Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam after his church was forbidden and was given 28 years house arrest. Thor trust that he is not a conformist instead he is a “Classical Liberal.” His love for humanity makes him to not only talk about human rights but to up his sleeves and get ready to get dirty for the sake of humankind.
Thor was born in Venezuela to a father who was Venezuelan Ambassador for anti-narcotics Affairs in the Administration of Carlos Andres Perez; he also worked for the Venezuelan Senate Commission as a special overseas investigator. Thor was born on March 9, 1976, and he has been known in the fight for humanity and advocacy. He is also a film producer with main contributions in the field of public policy, individual rights as well as human freedoms, public interest support, and pro-democracy promotion and more information click here.
Thor’s passion and dedication for social advocacy led to establishing several human rights organization including Human Rights Foundation as well as Oslo Freedom Forum which is an annual congregation that economist have labeled as the human rights festival. Halvorssen is also the supporter of Czech-based Children’s Movement as well as On Own Feet. The University of Pennsylvania has honored him for defending students’ speech.
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As an individual with both graduate and postgraduate degrees in political science it is easy to believe Thor Halvorssen would harbor some political ambitions of his own, but Halvorssen has set out his stall as an individual who only wants to make sure the human rights of people around the world are protected at all times. One area where the political activities of Thor Halvorssen have been easy to spot is in his work in Russia, where he has been active alongside the President of Halvorssen’s Human Rights Foundation, Gary Kasparov.
For many the appointment of Kasparov to the role of Human Rights Foundation President was the latest attempt by the Venezuelan activist and film producer to annoy Russian President Vladimir Putin. Along with the support given to Kasparov by Thor Halvorssen the New York-based activist has also looked to offer his support and expertise as a human rights specialist to the “Pussy Riot” group in their fight to secure basic human rights for all Russian citizens.
The talks, speeches and interviews given by Thor Halvorssen cover many subjects as he has become one of the world’s top speakers on human rights abuses, with many talks focusing on the role Russia plays in the global issue of human rights abuses. Thor uses his political knowledge to identify the areas of life Russia has developed a global influence over, including the philanthropic and security concerns of the world that can be halted or encouraged on the whim of the Russian leader. Members of “Pussy Riot” and Gary Kasparov, who have both been imprisoned under Putin’s leadership, have a role to play in the growth of the Russian civil society movement. The movement is growing in power as a major human rights activist force looking to bring democracy to the citizens of Russia and the world.
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