Thor’s Halvorssen- A Reputable Authority in Human Rights Activism

Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan-born film producer and human rights advocate. He started his human rights campaign while still in his adolescent years, in 1989. He engaged in his first activity in London, when he organized opposition against apartheid in South Africa. Halvorssen has been dubbed the “Champion of Underdogs” by the New York Times. He is the president of the Human Rights Foundation in New York. He is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, a human rights festival that is almost comparable to the economic forum organized by the Davos foundation.

Halvorseen’s Experience with the Human Rights Foundation

The Human Rights Foundation headed by Halvorseen is dedicated to exposing dictatorship, freeing political prisoners, and promoting tolerance. Thor ventured into full time engagement in due process and human rights when his father was turned into a political prisoner in Venezuela. He formed the Human Rights Foundation after his mother got shot, in 2004, in the middle of a political uprising in Venezuela. The HRF has been involved in protecting free speech and human rights in nations such as China, Vietnam, Cuba, and Venezuela. During the course of its activities, HRF has led to the release of 7 political prisoners and learn more about Thor.

Halvorseen’s Involvement in Politics

Thor Halvorssen has firmly campaigned for Chinese political prisoner, Liu Xiaobo, to be released. Halvorssen is also a fierce critic of Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president, particularly due to his legislative efforts to penalize homosexuality with death. Halvorssen has also publicly criticized Anti-Semitism in Venezuela, and the deprivation of individual rights and democracy in Latin America. He has also argued strongly against free speech violations in Panama.

Halvorseen and Film Production

Thor Halvorssen has also distinguished himself in film production. He uses films to depict violations of human rights. Thor produced the film Hammer and Tickle to demonstrate how Russians used satire and jokes to communicate during the Soviet rule, when free speech had been suppressed. Another popular film of Thor’s is the Freedom’s Fury. The film narrates the story of Hungary and the revolt that was organized against dictatorship in 1956.The Sugar Babies is another film that Thor produced to highlight Dominican Republic’s inhumane acts of human trafficking.

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