Thor Halvorssen is a Human rights advocate. He is also a film producer. Thor is often referred to as the champion of the powerless and the underdog. Thor started advocating for human rights as a teenager in London in 1989 when he organized opposition to the apartheid in South Africa. Thor has his native origins in Venezuela and Norway. He became actively involved in the fight for human rights when his father was imprisoned in Venezuela. His father was a political prisoner. Thor contributed to the release of his father by asking Amnesty International for help. He mobilized people and organization and made a protest towards the release of his father. Thor’s father was later released.
Thor’s mother was shot and wounded while attending a political protest in 2004. This made him start a Human Rights Foundation in New York. The foundation is aimed at getting political prisoners out of jail and enhancing democracy and tolerance in Latin America. The foundation has contributed to the release of seven conscience prisoners, published two books on state responsibilities and individual rights, presented evidence to Truth commissions, and given amicus briefs in key international cases of human rights Since its inception.
Thor Halvorssen is the CEO and the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum. This is an annual global meeting termed as a spectacular festival for human rights. The forum is growing to be on the same status as the Davos Economic Forum. Thor is the patron of ON Own Feet which is a children peace movement based in Prague.
Thor is known all over the world for his courageousness when it comes to fighting for human rights. He inspires people from every part of the world to stand up and fight for their rights. He believes that everybody should enjoy the freedom of speech and they should not be scared regardless of their origin and background. Thor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science and History.
Thor specializes in areas of human trafficking, slavery, a dictatorship, and threats to democracy. He also gives lectures on the human rights subjects in places like the Harvard Law School, the New York City Junto, among others. His knowledge of the law and the human rights has made him a great activist. Thor has also been a guest speaker at the British parliament where he spoke on issues regarding human rights and the need for them to be implemented for purposes of having a free society.