Thor Halvorssen is the thorn in the side of unilateral dictators across the planet. The 39-year-old founder of the Human Rights Foundation is an inexhaustible champion for human rights and dignity. The man exalts Liu Xiaobo as a hero, and he comes from a long line of political troublemakers.
The human rights activist was born in Venezuela. His father, a longtime diplomat working for the country of Norway, was in Venezuela to help investigate drug crimes. His father’s investigation dug a little too deep into a Medellin cartel. He was arrested before his investigation could unearth any corruption by the Venezuelan government. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
Thor Halvorssen’s father was thrown into jail as a political prisoner. He was beaten and tortured during his 74 days in captivity. Thor Halvorssen’s love for his father inspired one of his first acts for human rights. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, Thor Halvorssen reached out to human rights groups such as Amnesty International. His hard work paid off when his father was finally released.
Thor’s mother was shot during a protest in New York City. His mother, a British national from Venezuela, was in New York City to protest a Venezuelan referendum recall. Security forces employed by the government of Venezuela opened fire on the crowd. His mother was injured along with 11 other people. The shooting left one woman dead. Thor wrote an article about the protest for the Wall Street Journal. His pursuit of the truth helped apprehend the Venezuelan security forces responsible for the shooting.
Inspired by his past, he continues to perform good deeds all over the globe. The human rights activist is famous for his sit-in of Lucent Technologies. The technologies the giant was apparently using Chinese slave labor to produce its products. Thor’s protest resulted in the company signing a pact to never use slave camps again.
The man also founded the Oslo Freedom Form. The annual event, held in the city of Oslo, brings together the brightest minds concerning human rights advocacy. The form is where many global initiatives start.
In 2014, the human rights activist took his Human Rights Foundation to the border of North Korea. Attaching educational materials to balloons, he floated contraband into the People’s Republic.
It’ll be interesting to see what he does next.
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