Thor Havlorssen is not your typical human rights activist. He does not let politics get in the way of his mission. He is an equal opportunity offender of dictators and tyrants around the world. To him, choosing “the lesser of two evils” is not an option. If you are running a repressive regime, then you are a target.
Halvorssen is the president of Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and he has made it is life’s work to eradicate tyranny throughout the world. A daunting task, but one that Halvorssen is prepared for.
Both of his parents have been the victim of tyrannical governments. His father was a government official during the time Higo Chavez ruled Venezuela. He was subsequently thrown in prison and tortured after he exposed government corruption. Halvorssen’s mother was shot during an anti-Chavez demonstration. His cousin, Leopoldo Lopez, is currently serving time in a Venezuelan jail as a political prisoner.
Thor Halvorssen has also become a film producer in his spare time. He founded the Moving Picture Institue in 2005, the same year as HRF, with the sole purpose of “promoting freedom through film.” He works with many young filmmakers from around the world to help then get their stories out. He even works with Hollywood elites like Quentin Tarantino from time to time.
Human Rights Foundation describes itself as a nonpartisan foundation that focuses on promoting human rights across the globe. The New York-based foundation host the annual Oslo Freedom Forum where dissidents and activists from around the globe gather to help each other in their causes.
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