Thor Halvorssen Championing for Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen is a Human rights advocate. He is also a film producer. Thor is often referred to as the champion of the powerless and the underdog. Thor Halvorssen started advocating for human rights as a teenager in London in 1989 when he organized opposition to the apartheid in South Africa. Thor has his native origins in Venezuela and Norway. He became actively involved in the fight for human rights when his father was imprisoned in Venezuela. His father was a political prisoner. Thor contributed to the release of his father by asking Amnesty International for help. He mobilized people and organization and made a protest towards the release of his father. Thor’s father was later released.

Thor’s mother was shot and wounded while attending a political protest in 2004. This made him start a Human Rights Foundation in New York. The foundation is aimed at getting political prisoners out of jail and enhancing democracy and tolerance in Latin America. The foundation has contributed to the release of seven conscience prisoners, published two books on state responsibilities and individual rights, presented evidence to Truth commissions, and given amicus briefs in key international cases of human rights Since its inception.

Thor Halvorssen is the CEO and the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum. This is an annual global meeting termed as a spectacular festival for human rights. The forum is growing to be on the same status as the Davos Economic Forum. Thor is the patron of ON Own Feet which is a children peace movement based in Prague.

Thor is known all over the world for his courageousness when it comes to fighting for human rights. He inspires people from every part of the world to stand up and fight for their rights. He believes that everybody should enjoy the freedom of speech and they should not be scared regardless of their origin and background. Thor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science and History.

Thor specializes in areas of human trafficking, slavery, a dictatorship, and threats to democracy. He also gives lectures on the human rights subjects in places like the Harvard Law School, the New York City Junto, among others. His knowledge of the law and the human rights has made him a great activist. Thor has also been a guest speaker at the British parliament where he spoke on issues regarding human rights and the need for them to be implemented for purposes of having a free society.

South African Apartheid Inspires Human Rights Foundation

Thor Halvorssen Mendoza, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum, was born on March 9, 1976 in Venezuela. His father served as the Ambassdaor of Narcotic Affairs in President Carlos Andrés’ administration in the 1970s. Pérez Mendoza is a distant relative Cristóbal Mendoza and Simón Bolívar who were the first two presidents of Venezuela.

The Human Rights Foundation Founder came to the United States in his late teens to attend college at University of Pennsylvania. He was a thriving student, becoming a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society and graduating magna cum laude. Both his undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Political Science and History.

Thor Halvorssen founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in 1999, prior to founding The Human Rights Foundation in spring 2005. The roots for this foundation started in 1989 when Halvorssen came out against the South African apartheid when Halvorssen lived in London. His father’s false imprisonment in 1993 in Venuzuela and his mother being brutally wounded and gunned down had both played a part in Thor Halvorssen’s strong interest in protecting a person’s individual rights. Halvorssen stepped down as head of FIRE in 2004 to command this new foundation. Founded in 2005, Halvorssen opened up a New York office for this foundation in 2006. HRF regularly schedules events and conferences that include panel discussions, information sessions on Capitol Hill, and guest sessions to promote individual human rights.

HRF is exposing dictatorship in public relations firms and celebrity charities. HRF came out against Kanye West performing at Kazakhstani president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson’s wedding for of $3 million fee. The Kazakhstani president can not only seek election as many times as he wants to, he has also restricted freedom of speech, free assembly, and the freedom for the people of Kazakhstani to worship in any religion they choose. HRF also opposed Jennifer Lopez for accepting the $1.5 million offer to sing Happy Birthday to dictator Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, last June, who is the president of Turkmenistan.

The Human Rights Foundation plans to host a Global College Freedom Forum on Friday, March 4th at Universidad Francisco Marroquín to promote freedom of education for everyone.