In the movies, Thor carries a magic hammer and battles evil. In real life, Thor Halvorssen has no hammer, just words, activism, and his small group called Human Rights Watch. With all that, he’s calling out the world’s dictators.
A recent example of this is an article Halvorssen penned for The New York Post about the chaos gripping his native Venezuela. He pointed out how the government of President Nicolas Maduro has looted the nation’s treasury, resulting in empty stores and a lack of even the most basic health care at hospitals. Halvorssen backed up those words with action, suing a group of Venezuelans for allegedly overbilling Maduro’s government for building nearly a dozen non-functioning power plants, then laundering the money or bribing government officials. Thor Halvorssen LinkedIn .
But Venezuela is not the only target for Halvrossen and Human Rights Watch. A good amount of his focus is on North Korea, which has been ruled by the iron-fisted Kim family since the late 1940s. One of the most oppressive regimes in the world, Thor has sought to let the population know about the outside world by sending balloons over the DMZ that divides North and South Korea carrying DVDs and flash drives containing TV shows, movies, and news articles. He also helped found the Oslo Freedom Forum, which puts on events every year advocating freedom.
Along with advocating for freedom, Thor Halvorssen has a passion for film making. He has been a producer for the movies Freedom’s Fury, about the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, and The Sugar Babies, about human trafficking in the Dominican Republic. He is also working on a film adaptation of the Robert Heinlein novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.