In 2005, the Human Rights Foundation was launched in New York to provide a platform to voice concerns of political prisoners and dissidents. Its annual Oslo Freedom Forum has been dubbed the “Davos for Dissidents.” The man steering what is termed by some as the” New Global Human Rights Movement” is Thor Halvorssen.
The 41-year-old Mr. Halvorssen is of Venezuelan and Norwegian descent, born and brought up in Caracas. He has an ancestry of royals and freedom fighters. His paternal grandfather was the consul of the Norwegian King during World War II. His mother is a descendant of Cristobal Mendoza, the first president of Venezuela.
Thor Halvorssen and his family have experienced the pain of political injustices. His father was tortured in Caracas after exposing the government’s corruption. His mother died from gunshots during the anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration, and his cousin is currently a political prisoner in Venezuela. Troy has also suffered physical and psychological torture for his activism.
Thor’s mission is impartial. He fights injustices from all sides alike. He has avowed himself apolitical and has shown a burning desire to end this world’s injustices. Thor has committed himself to the mission with an intensity matching that of the dictatorships he targets. CEPOS, a libertarian think tank points out that Mr. Halvorssen is “as much a fixer as he is a showman.” He makes things happen and never changes his mind once on a mission. Click here to know more.
In addition to being an activist, Thor Halvorssen is an actor and a producer who uses his platform to educate society on the importance of human rights and how to unite against tyranny. The films he has produced include Freedom’s Fury, Hammer and Tickle, The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies, 2081 and the documentary, Indoctrinate U. He is currently working on a film adapted from the novel; The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein. Thor Halvorssen on Linkedin.