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Thor Halvorssen is an American human rights advocate and film producer. Thor is the founder of Human Rights Foundation (HRF) headquartered in New York. The Human Rights Foundation is a nonpartisan agency that protects, defends and promotes human rights across the world. It works to ensure that people, especially in closed societies, get freedom of self-determination, freedom of speech, and freedom from tyranny, leave and enter their country and freely associate with like-minded individuals. He has made his name as one of the leading champions for defending the rights of the powerless and underdog.
Thor Halvorssen Achievements
Through HRF, Thor has managed to free seven prisoners of conscience, served as an impartial advisor in international human rights cases and provided evidence to various truth commissions. Thor has also published two books on responsibilities of the state and individual rights. He believes that human rights and individual liberty should never be points of discussion but a point on, which other arguments should be based on.Thor has also undergone his share of challenges. After exposing the corruption in the Venezuela government, his mother was shot in a demonstration, his father tortured, and his cousin is currently in Venezuela prison. All these challenges did not intimidate him as he continues o be a fearless human rights advocate.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen is the president and CEO of Human Rights Foundation. Thor grew up with a passion for championing human rights. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree. While in college, he studied several disciplines including history, the Romance language, international relations and political science.The 41-year-old half-Norwegian and half-Venezuelan began his activism career in 1999 when he served as the executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. After five years, he left the firm and founded Human Rights Foundation in 2005. In the same year, he founded Moving Picture Institute where he serves as the executive producer to date. From 2009, he founded Oslo Freedom Forum where he serves as the president and CEO.