The Fight For Human Rights
The Grammy Award nominated raptress Niki Minaj and her sidekicks have boarded a jet and have arrived in Angola, Africa, despite the Human Rights Foundation’s request that Niki Minaj cancel her appearance and subsequent performance on stage for a Christmas festival. The festival is sponsored by Unitel, a communications company.
Unitel is a company run by the family of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the President of Angola. He has been deemed a dictator by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization. During the Santos’s Family 30 year rule, they have abused Angola’s riches from diamonds and oil production to amass extreme wealth. They have taken over the military, all branches of the government and civilians and will kill, imprison and harass anyone who protests his rule.
The Human Rights Organization has requested Niki Minaj to cancel in an open letter. The letter explains the dictator like rule that Dos Santos has instated and also warns Niki that accepting payment for the performance, is promoting government corruption and human rights violations.
Thor Halvorssen, began supporting human rights in London, back in 1989. In 2005, Thor founded the Human Rights Organization. Before Thor Halvorssen began his work for the Human Rights Foundation, he was CEO and Executive Director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for five straight years. Halvorssen’s opinions have surfaced in venues such as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Economist, the Daily Telegraph, Time Magazine, and The New York Times. He has made numerous films pertaining to human rights and freedom and his work has been televised on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HBO, BBC and several others.
Thor Halvorssen has faced much adversity in his life and that has led him to prominently advocate for human rights. His father, who was a diplomat at the time, was falsely imprisoned in a Venezuelan jail and was severely beaten and tortured. Halvorssen, a student at the time, helped orchestrate a campaign that pressured the Venezuelan authorities to release his father after 74 days in prison. In 2004, at a protest rally in Caracas, Halvorssen’s mother was shot by a gunmen shooting into the crowd.
Thor Halvorssen lives his life to protect and to promote human rights worldwide. His work and his films have captured the attention of many throughout the world. It seems fitting that his main goal in life is to bring everyone together, in equality.