The Russian people are living under a form of tyrannical rule in the eyes of Human Rights Foundation founder Thor Halvorssen, who has recently been seen as one of the main political opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Through his work with the Human Rights Foundation he established in 2005, Halvorssen has become one of the best-known campaigners for human rights in the world; among the impressive aspects of the work of Venezuelan-born Halvorssen are his writings and appearances with major news media in the U.S. and U.K., plus his appearances at the British Houses of Parliament and as a speaker during the United Nations Human Rights Council election.
Halvorssen believes President Putin is a consistent abuser of human rights and has spent much of the time during the lifespan of the Human Rights Foundation looking for ways to make his point to the wider world. In creating the Human Rights Foundation Halvorssen looked to build the legitimacy of the organization by creating an international council that has been filled with former political prisoners, broadcasters, and world leaders with a reputation for protecting and furthering the human rights of their citizens. Former political dissident and Czech President Vaclav Havel was the original chair of the HRF Council, after his death in 2011 the work against the Russian regime began in earnest for Thor Halvorssen when he appointed Russian political opponent and former Chess World Champion Gary Kasparov as the Chair of the group.
Gary Kasparov and Thor have formed a formidable team for the Human Rights Foundation as they have looked to build the pressure on the Russian government with a growing number of events aimed at supporting Putin’s opponents like the anarchist group “Pussy Riot”. The imprisonment of three members of “Pussy Riot” led to the arrest of Kasparov as he attended the court proceedings held over the group’s supposed crimes; Thor Halvorssen himself has held a number of events detailing the human rights abuses of Russia and calling on the European Union to act against the Putin-led nation for the breaking of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian regime.
Most Americans have little experience in the area of human rights abuse. People go about their daily lives paying little attention to the egregious human rights violations that are happening everyday around the world. Even when they hear about a particularly abusive dictator, most people think that there is nothing that they can do about it. Such is not the case with Thor Halvorssen. Halvorssen has been fighting for human rights since he was a very young man.
Thor Halvorssen has a deep personal understanding of the human rights abuses that authoritarian regimes are willing to inflict upon their citizens. Thor’s father was imprisoned and tortured after he began a series of investigations into government corruption in Venezuela. Halvorssen started a campaign with Amnesty International to get his father released from prison. Thor’s father was later cleared of all charges. Thor’s mother was shot and wounded while she was participating in a peaceful demonstration against Hugo Chavez in 2004.
Halvorssen founded the New York-based Human Rights Foundation in 1999. The HRF is dedicated to protecting human rights around the world. One of the goals of the HRF is to spotlight the human rights violations committed by authoritarian regimes around the world. By bringing attention to the actions of cruel dictators, the HRF puts pressure on political leaders around the world to do something to stop these abuses. These political leaders then pressure the dictators to change their ways. The tactics used by the HRF have met with success. So far, the HRF has gotten at least 7 prisoners of conscience released from prisons around the world. Some of the countries that the HRF has been active in include China, Cuba, Venezuela and Columbia.
In addition to his other advocacy, Thor Halvorssen also uses his talents as a film producer to increase awareness of human rights issues. Thor has worked as a producer on several films. One film, The Sugar Babies, deals with human trafficking and the abuse of migrant workers in the Dominican Republic. Some of Halvorssen’s other films include Hammer and Tickle and The Singing Revolution.
Love for people and freedom led Thor Halvorssen to establish a human rights foundation organization known as Human Rights Foundations. He is not only a human rights activist, but he is also a filmmaker. In his career as a filmmaker, he focuses mainly on human rights advocacy, public policy, civil liberties, individual rights, public interest as well as pro-democracy advocacy.
Thor Halvorssen is a fighter, and he loves fighting for the rights of each person as he knows well this what gives him success in life. He is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a forum that is meant to fight the right of people by organizing human rights festivals. The organization is making continuous efforts to become an equivalent of the Davos Economic Forum.
Thor’s has been an excellent leader, and for the past years, he has displayed positive leadership skills. His leadership character has seen him hold various leadership positions including being the patron of Czech-based Children Movement, On Own Feet, and he is also the founder of Moving Picture Institute. He has also been recognized for various awards including being honored by the University of Pennsylvania for protecting the speech of students. In 2010 he was presented the Presidential silver medal by the Romanian leader when they were honoring the Romanian Revolution of 1989.
Thor Halvorssen is the President and founder of the Human Rights Foundation, a non-profitable organization with a primary mandate of endorsing and shielding the rights of human being worldwide. The primary mission of the team is to ensure that freed on and security is promoted all over the world. With devotion and commitment Human Rights Foundation is responsible for organizing and conducting campaigns that are meant to educate individuals about their rights as they promote peace and unity globally.
The Human Rights Foundation works with a program involving a broad range of initiatives that include the production of famous films, the organization conducts free campaigns to politicians who have been previously jailed, carrying out individual rights seminars, as well as authorizing legal analyses. The Human Rights Foundation was unified in 2005 and has its Headquarters located in New York.
Thor Halvorssen was born in 1976 to a wealthy and highly politically active family in Venezuela. His family wealth was built primarily on the representation and advocacy for Venezuelan corporations and his father was deeply involved in public policy, anti-narcotics campaigns and politics.
Thor Halvorssen began his human rights activism career while he was doing undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. At the time, his father had been arrested for anti-narcotics activities and was in prison in Venezuela. He went to bat on his father’s behalf, raising attention to the power of the cartels and human rights violations. He was able to garner the support of many organizations including Amnesty International. Once his father became free, Halvorssen’s activities were noticed by The United Nations and he was offered a position as the directorship of the Pan-American Committee.
Since graduating from The University of Pennsylvania he has staunchly been a supporter, promoter and encourager of the human rights faction. His activism against the atrocities against human rights, slavery, child labor, political dictatorship has been written about such esteemed publications as Time, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Halvorssen is often seen as the voice for the downtrodden in international circuits and is an energetic and dynamic speaker on the subjects his is most passionate about.
In 2009 Halvorssen became involved in two human right coalitions on the international scene. The Oslo Freedom Forum is the Norwegian based idea exchange forum which brings together notable heads of state annually as a think tank to advocate human rights efforts globally. The Children Peace Movement is a Czech-based humanitarian effort which attempts to bridge the gap between children, adolescents as well as adults.
He has worked tirelessly as the director of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and later at the Human Rights Foundation; raising awareness of human rights violations and civil injustices. His vigorous work has spanned the globe as his contributions have aided the cohesiveness of bringing delegates from opposing political parties together in the fight for the equal justice and treatment of oppressed people from all walks of life.
Without limits to boundaries of status, wealth, education or race, his efforts have largely focused on the needs of these people in an overall push to free them from the bondage of dictatorships.
Thor Halvorssen currently involved in the production of films adapted to the various causes in which he is impassioned including political tyranny as well as the human struggle of the common man in subjugated societies.