Thor Halvorssen has been a major part of the human rights activism community throughout the 21st century, the Venezuelan born activist has worked with some of the most important human rights groups in the world before deciding the time had come to create his own group to battle global human rights abuses. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwYmcbRYi1w
Halvorssen established the Human Rights Foundation in 2005 when he decided too much time and energy was being spent on human rights issues in democratic countries, such as the major reports released on problems in the U.S.
The Human Rights Foundation retains a small staff of only 12 people who are employed because of their need to fight human rights abuses instead of for their political views; Thor states he does not question the political leanings of the staff of the Human Rights Foundation, but only wants to work with those who share his passion for human rights regardless of what type of government is behind the abuses taking place.
In recent years, Thor Halvorssen has become well known for the work he has completed to bring freedom to the people of Russia, including his support of opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin including the Pussy Riot group and Human Rights Foundation President Gary Kasparov.
Despite the time, effort, and passion Thor Halvorssen brings to his human rights activism work he has also found success as a film producer with a series of documentary movies bringing him to the top of this industry. Halvorssen has worked with some of the world’s most famous movie stars on documentaries representing his love of human rights, such as “Freedom’s Fury” a film based upon the Hungarian uprising of 1956 against a communist dictatorship.
Halvorssen describes himself as a classical liberal and has used the platforms he has been given by major news organizations to discuss a range of political events and human rights abuses. The Venezuelan born activist has even given his view on the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections as he discussed how the main candidates could be viewed on a human rights level.