Human rights activist and film producer Thor is no stranger to controversy. Although pigeonholed by many for his willingness to expose cruelty on the part of leftist regimes, Halvorssen actually began his career as an organizer against apartheid in South Africa. The Venezuelan activist of Norwegian ancestry is the President of the Human Rights Foundation. Halvorssen is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied political science and quickly became known for inquisitive nature and perspicacity.
For Halvorssen, human rights hit home. His father was a political prisoner of the Chavez regime in Venezuela for a time and his mother suffered a bullet wound while protesting for his release. Inspired by his own personal experience with tyranny, Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in New York in 2004. The organization’s mission is to foster democratic values, free speech, and respect for human rights in Latin America and all over the world. The Human Right’s Foundation’s crowning achievement has securing the freedom of seven political prisoners. Thor at Facebook .
Halvorssen has been a vocal critic of human rights abuses and atrocities committed by the Chinese government. The Human Rights Foundation worked diligently for the release of Liu Xiaobo, who invited Halvorssen to be his guest at Xiaobo’s Nobel Prize ceremony. Halvorssen and the HRF wholeheartedly support sanctions to force China’s hand on the issue of the rights of the Uyghur people. Halvorssen believes that human rights are not a political issue and that the abuse of human rights should be cast into the light no matter who the perpetrator may be.