The Human Rights Foundation(HRF)is a non-profit organization seeking to protect human rights around the world. They promote freedoms of expression, speech, association, and worship among others. They seek equal treatment under the law and fight modern slavery and torture.
This organization often appeals directly to the governments. A example includes their appeal to the Vietnamese government to free Nguyen Van Dai a human right lawyer, and his colleague, Le Thu Ha. Another example is a call to Morocco to drop charges against human rights activists.
Lately, they’ve also put pressure on Turkey and Kazakhstan. The HRF runs many events and conferences with the aim of striving for freedom and equality for all.
The Human Rights Foundation was established by Thor Halvorssen in 2005. He’s a human rights advocate and a film producer who has been involved in the human rights area since the late 1980s when he organized opposition to South African government in London and other places.
Thor Halvorssen is of Norwegian and Venezuelan background. His own cousin, Leopoldo Lopez, has been detained lately by Maduro’s government in Venezuela. Halvorssen’s activities have even been recognized by the New York Times. The publication has called him “a champion of the underdog and the powerless.”
As a documentary film producer, Thor Halvorssen is known for “The Sugar Babies,” a production which exposes sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic that make children work in harsh conditions. Another work, “Hammer & Tickle,” comes from a historical perspective as it covers the Soviet regime’s tyranny.