When people talk about human rights, it means much more coming from those who actually suffered human rights abuses. Thor Halvorssen has seen this issue from the perspective of activist, philanthropist and most poignantly, victim. That’s why, when he speaks on the issue, it’s a good idea to listen.
Thor Halvorssen has made himself heard. He is an active film producer specializing in films advocating for his chosen causes. He is also the president of the well-known Human Rights Foundation and founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum which is quickly becoming one the world’s most active and respected summits on human rights issues. He is also seen often on major news stations as one of the leading voices on worldwide human rights issues.
Thor Halvorssen comes from a family that has deep roots in the History of Venezuela. His grandfather built a financial empire as consul to the King of Norway. His father was an ambassador for the previous regime of Venezuela. When the regime changed through peaceful vote, the Halverson family suffered at the hands of the Hugo Chavez government. His father was imprisoned in 1993 for 74 days at which time he was tortured and beaten. Thor, with the help of Amnesty International, secured his release. Contact him, Then, in 2004, his mother was shot and wounded while attending a peaceful demonstration. Others were also injured, and one protester was killed by gunmen determined to be government security personnel click here.
Thor has shown that in addition to having the personal experience, be also has the talent to bring human injustices to light. His films have won Best Documentary at one film festival and got a fifteen minute standing ovation at another. He’s also received awards and commendation from world leaders for all his efforts. Thor Halvorssen will be one to watch for many years as a champion of human rights.