Category: Activist

The Role of Thor Halvorssen

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Introduction

Different people can make different impressions in the world. Some may be positive some negative. When you are talking about leaving positive marks, one person who has successfully done that is one Thor Leonardo Halvorssen commonly referred to as Thor Halvorssen. Being from Venezuela, he is not only a human rights advocate in the country but also a film producer. In this article, we take a look of some of his achievements and successes.

How did Thor become a human rights advocate?

It was clear that Thor wanted to advocate for the rights of “the underdogs and powerless” as early as he was a teenager. It was in 1989 where he made his mark while in London by putting up opposition against the apartheid regime that was going on in South Africa. However, what led him to be a full promoter of human rights is the arrest of his father as a political prisoner in that case.

To show his desire, he created the foundation for human rights that was based in the UK. This was immediately after his mother was shot as a result of the political quagmire. The aim of Thor’s Human Rights Foundation is advocating for people who are arrested for political reasons to be set free. Also, the aim of the Foundation is to advocate for democracy and promote tolerance in Latin America.

Thor’s human rights group has been successful ever since it was created. For instance, due to the foundation’s efforts, political prisoners have been set free as a result, provided amicus briefs in international cases associated with human rights, and it has published several books with regards to human rights.

Thor’s career as a film producer

Not only has Thor Halvorssen been successful in terms of advocating for human rights but also as a film producer. His most recent work is producing the movie “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” In the past, he has co-produced Freedom’s Fury and also Hammer and Tickle both of which were a total success.

Conclusion

Thor Halvorssen is a success both in film and more especially in advocating for human rights. While it is true his desire was boosted by his father’s arrest and his mother’s shooting, he handled the situation by looking on the brighter side. Instead of vengeance, he looked to advocate for more freedom instead. He will forever be remembered for his efforts with regards to that.

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Thor Halvorssen: An Activist’s Activist

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Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human rights activist and film producer. He is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human rights conference held in Norway since 2009 and run by the Human Rights Foundation. Halvorssen was born on March 9, 1976. Halvorssen’s mother, Hilda Mendoza, was a descendant of Cristobal Mendoza, Venezuela’s first president. Halvorssen’s father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, was an Ambassador of anti-Narcotic Affairs during the tenure of Carlos Andrés Pérez. He was also a special overseas investigator for the Venezuelan Senate Commission.

In his early adulthood, Thor Halvorssen went to the University of Pennsylvania, eventually graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with undergraduate and graduate degrees in History and Political Science. In 1993, Halvorssen’s father was arrested and held on charges of terrorism while investigating the Medellín cartel for suspected money laundering and bank fraud. During his stint in a jail in Caracas, the elder Halvorssen was severely tortured and beaten. Thor Halvorssen was vocal in garnering support for his father’s release, eventually gaining help from Amnesty International and other international organizations. He was eventually found innocent. After his release, the elder Halvorssen was appointed director of the Pan-American Committee for Society for Human Rights.

Later, in 1999, Halvorssen would be instrumental in getting Lucent Technologies to enact a policy in which they would have to certify that all products manufactured in China were not created using slave labor. In the he same year, he became the first executive director and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, an organization whose self-professed goal is “to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities.” This includes free speech, legal equality, due process, and religious liberty. In 2004, Halvorssen would step down as head of FIRE, instead opting to join its board of advisors. In 2005 he would help found the Human Rights Foundation, an organization which he is still currently president of. Halvorssen continues to be an advocate for human rights internationally to this day, while also branching out into film production.