Thor Halversson Works Hard To  Fight For Human Rights

To Thor Halvorssen, the most important thing he can do is to use his time, money, and talent to fight for the human rights of people who are otherwise oppressed and have a difficult time fighting back. That’s why the 39 year old half- Venezulan half-Norwegian founded the New York based Human Rights Foundation in 2005. Since then he has worked tirelessly fighting for the end of dictatorships and other violators of human rights.

According to the Weekly Standard, Halvorssen is known for burning the candle on both ends, so to speak. Not only is he the leader and founder of this dedicated organizaion, but he also works as a fimmaker, creating documentaries that help to illustrate the lives and struggles that people around the world face.

Halvorssen is not your average do-gooder with a lot of money and time. Instead, he is a man on a mission. He knows first hand what it is like to live under an oppresive regime. He was born and raised in Caracass, Venezula, and experienced numerous hardships during his childhood. When he was young his father was arrested for his political beliefs and his mother was shot by police during an otherwise peaceful demonstration protesting his father’s arrest.

These experinces fuel Halvorssen, which is why he works so hard. One of his current missions involves fighting agaist the North Korean goverment, and his efforts have earned him the nickname “Troublemaker for Tyrants”. He helps to smuggle information out of North Korea by providing dissenters with special flashdrives and a wiki page where they can share their stories and experiences.

Halvorssen and his organization believe that the best way to stop dictatorships is by sharing the stories of the people who are living under them. By getting the word out and exposing these human rights violations, the hope is that organizations with more authority, such as governments and the UN will use their resources to end these human rights violations. In the meantime, Thor Halvorssen and his organizaion will continue to work hard and spread awareness of thier cause until everyone’s human rights are respected.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thor-halvorssen for more .

Thor Halvorssen on the World Beauty Pageant

Thor Halvorssen has spent his life refusing to be quiet on human rights around the world. As the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, he has supported many people around the globe who have boldly spoken out even when it meant that they might be killed. His Oslo Freedom Forum is an example of how he encourages people to get their message out. Therefore, he was particularly concerned when the World Beauty Pageant refused to let Canadian Anastasia Lin speak her mind.

The problem first occurred when she chose to speak out about human rights violations in China. The 2015 contest was held in China where her father resides. The country refused to let Anastasia in, and the country refused to let her father out to see his daughter by holding him against his will. The World Beauty Pageant promised her a consolation prize, however, by promising she could participate without in the 2016 event in Washington if she would promise to be quiet.

Anastasia was born in China’s Hunan province. As she matured, she was forced to join the Young Pioneers. It was her job to encourage other children to watch Chinese propaganda films. It was not until she moved to Canada at the age of 13 that she realized that there was a different way of life. Now, she considers it her responsibility to get the message out.

For their part, the World Beauty Pageant denies that they ever told her she had to be quiet. Thor believes that the World Beauty Pageant may have caved into the same pressure felt by many companies who want to do business in China to keep their mouths shut.

Thor encourages everyone to keep constant watch on corporations who are caving into this pressure because freedom of speech is a universal right.

http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/potmsearch/detail/submission/6146882 for more.

Thor Halvorssen, Human Rights Activist and Film Producer?

Thor Halvorssen is widely known the world over as one of the most prolific, energetic, passionate and outspoken human rights activists currently living. He was born to Venezuelan parents who suffered greatly under the repressive socialist regime of Hugo Chavez and developed a great political sensitivity and philosophical aptitude at a very young age from these unpleasant and life changing experiences. In 2004 Thor Halvorssen created the Human Rights Foundation, a large-scale nonprofit dedicated to championing the rights of members of closed societies (such as North Korea, ect.) the world over. Mr. Halvorssen, in a public statement described the group as one which would, “-champion the definition of human rights that originally animated the human rights movement, centered on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny.”

Halvorssen’s organization has been instrumental in bringing light to numerous acts of repression and tyranny, such as the religious persecution of the Buddhists in Vietnam as well as in giving a voice and a platform to those how have escape from the hermit kingdom of Juche North Korea.

However, what most people do not known about Thor Halvorssen is that he also has a long and star-studded career as an executive film producer, focusing primarily on documentaries. Starting in the early 2000s, Halvorssen began producing documentaries such as the 2006 Hammer & Tickler, a feature length film which looked at how humor was used as a tool of political dissent by the repressed majority under the Soviet’s reign. In 2007 Thor received a great deal of attention, both positive and negative, for the controversial film, Indoctrinate U. The film focused on the way certain political ideologies were disseminated through the American public education system and the problems that arose, such as gender studies and critical race theory being forced into STEM and other unrelated fields(in one instance in the film a professor complains that one of his colleges was forced to teach race and gender specific topics in a ornamental horticulture class).

Currently, Mr. Halvorssen is partnering with the well-known Hollywood director, Bryan Singer (of X-Men 2 and The Usual Suspects fame) in a effort to finish a adaptation of the lauded science fiction novel, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by R. A. Heinlein, the so called, “Dean of Science Fiction Writers.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/author/thor-halvorssen for more.

A Review of Thor Halvorssen’s Involvement in Human Rights Activism

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.

Thore @Professional Network: Linkedin.com/in/halvorssen