The human rights community has recently been shaken up by the decision of activist Thor Halvorssen to go his own way with the establishment of the Human Rights Foundation. Halvorssen has been a major part of the human rights activism community since the 1990s when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, but made a splash in 2005 when he decided to establish the Human Rights Foundation; unlike other foundations and activism groups the HRF keeps its group of workers low and is headed by a board including various former political prisoners and politicians.
Thor Halvorssen is a respected human rights activist, and also works as a film producer with an ever expanding output that now includes fiction and non-fiction productions. The initial movies produced by the Venezuelan born activist included those based on the human rights abuses taking place in Europe’s communist bloc during the middle of the 20th century; in recent months it has been announced Halvorssen is spreading his output to include science fiction movies made with high profile producers and directors.
Thor does not limit himself to the film world when it comes to his work as a human rights activist, but also looks to bring awareness to people around the world by making appearances at institutions where human rights activism is not generally a topic of discussion.
Appearances with the United Nations and at the British Houses of Parliament have been well received, and accompanied by the cause of human rights being discussed by Halvorssen on traditionally conservative news media outlets. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.theatlantic.com/author/thor-halvorssen/
Thor has become well known for the establishment and work completed by the Human Rights Foundation in securing the freedom of various political prisoners, but the creation of the Oslo Freedom Forum has impressed people from all walks of life and political backgrounds. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
A major conference held in Oslo each year, the Freedom Forum brings well known and newly uncovered human rights issues to the attention of the broadcasters, human rights activists, and celebrities from around the world.