Halvorssen Champions Human Rights Causes

Venezuelan-born activist Thor Halvorssen has devoted much of his life to championing the causes of freedom and human rights. Halvorssen’s inspiration came from his parents, whom stood up to tyranny through most of his childhood.

In 2005, Halvorssen founded and serves as the current Chief Executive Officer for the Human Rights Foundation, a New York City-based organization. During the Foundation’s 12 years in existence, it has advocated for the release of political prisoners, challenged oppressive governments that foster hatred and intolerance amongst minorities and challenged celebrities and political leaders who have associated with or profited from relationships with dictators and other human rights violators.

The success of the Human Rights Foundation motivated Halvorssen, in 2009, to establish the Oslo Freedom Foundation, which offers a forum for human rights defenders to share ideas and formulate new and innovative human rights advocacy campaigns. Also in 2009, Halvorssen became Patron of the Children’s Peace Movement. This organization fosters relationships between young people in western nations and those hailing from war torn countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Halvorssen’s work has made him a leading authority on human rights issues. He has authored articles for such notable publications as Time Magazine, The Atlantic and The Huffington Post. In addition, Halvorssen has appeared on major television news programs in the United States and across the world.

Halvorssen has also successfully branched into the film industry. Works he has produced have featured prominent actors and examined topics like the Soviet dictatorship and the political biases seen at American universities. However, the work which garnered Halvorssen the most critical acclaim and public scrutiny was “The Sugar Babies,” which studies the issue of human trafficking.

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Thor Halvorssen’s Fight for Human Rights

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.