Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and a film producer. He is the founder and CEO of an annual global gathering called Oslo Freedom Forum. The Venezuelan human rights advocate focuses on the fields of public interest advocacy, public policy, individual rights, pro-democracy advocacy and civil liberties. Thor is also the founder and president of the Human Rights Foundation, an organization that he started when his mother was shot in 2014 during a political protest. It focuses on liberating political prisoners and advocates for tolerance and democracy in Latin America. Thor’s deep involvement in human rights is evident through his leadership in organizations like Children’s Peace Movement and On Own Feet.
He is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute. In 2010, Thor purchased Ny Tid, a Norwegian news magazine, which is traditionally leftist. His contributions on matters of human rights have been featured on mediums like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, National Journal, Time Magazine and The Nation. He has appeared as a guest on channels like BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Fox News Channels, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, HBO and Hardball with Chris Mathews. In October 2010, Thor was a guest speaker at TEDx, which was held at the University of Pennsylvania.
His mother was a descendant of Venezuelan first president, Cristobal Mendoza. His father was a Venezuelan Ambassador for anti-narcotic Affairs and a special overseas investigator. He is a grandson of the Norwegian King’s consul, Oystein Halvorssen, and a cousin to Leopoldo Lopez. Thor is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in political science and history. In 1993, his father was imprisoned and tortured while he was investigating money laundering and a bank fraud case of the Medellin cartel. Thor Halvorssen held protests until his father was cleared of all charges. Thor’s article about his mother’s shooting was published on The Wall Street Journal. Later, videos of the shootings were released and the gunmen were apprehended.
He has extensive experience on matters concerning human trafficking, dictatorship, threats to democracy and slavery. To this end, Thor has given lectures at the New York City Junto, Harvard law School, the American Enterprise Institute and the United Nations Association in New York. Currently, he is producing a film called The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which is based on the adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction novel. Bryan Singer is the film’s director.
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