Born and raised in Caracas, Thor Halvorssen is the founder and president of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). He launched the New York-based organization in 2005, and it has since been actively displayed its devotion to global human rights and freedom.
In his human rights advocacy career, the 40-year-old Thor Halvorssen has contributed to various fields including public policy, pro-democracy advocacy, personal rights and civil liberties, and public interest advocacy.
Thor’s knowledge in the human rights field is not just theoretical. He seems to have been driven by the experiences his parents went through. His father exposed corruption in Venezuela’s government when he was working as a drug czar. The reward he was given after that was torture in a Caracas jail. On the other hand, his mother was shot while participating in an anti-Hugo Chavez demo. These two instances are just a few human rights violations Thor’s family has seen not to mention his cousin, Leopoldo Lopez who is still a political prisoner in Venezuela.
Unlike most human rights activists, Thor does not spend his time doing the common stereotypical nature of activists. He has however faced it rough through the tough beatings while serving his cause. Through the Human Rights Foundation, Thor has made great achievements and political prisoners have been freed. For a very long time, he has stood against dictatorship.
Thor’s primary mission is to bring an end to the tyranny world. According to him, he is ready to work with anyone who buys into his mission. It does not matter the person’s political inclinations. His deep involvement in the complicated politics of global human rights made him become a polarizing and perplexing figure in human rights activism. It has also contributed to his central position in the many international conflicts around the world.
Thor Halvorssen is also the founder of an annual gathering known as the Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum is recognized and attended by human rights activists from all over the world. The forum involves speeches from activists and panels where they discuss global human rights issues. The Human Rights Foundation receives donations from PayPal’s Peter Thiel and Google’s Sergey Brin.
The main goal of the Human Rights Foundation is to ensure the oppressive regimes across the world are dealt with in every way possible. He is committed to seeing political prisoners are freed and inviting journalists and dissidents to the annual forum organized by the foundation.