Thor Halvorseen: A Defender of the Oppressed

Thor Halvorssen is the president of Human Rights Foundation. He established the New York based organization in 2005. Thor unwaveringly supports human rights causes and individual liberty for he considers them vital in any society across the world. When it comes to defending human rights, Thor Halvorseen is more knowledgeable about what it takes and the price that some of the people he knows have paid. However, that has never deterred him from pushing on. Thor’s family beginning with his grandparents has helped in various ways in upholding justice and liberating people. Therefore, it is not surprising of what Thor is engaged in presently. He loves people and that is why he endeavors to help them out.

In particular, Thor loves helping out dissidents and defectors that stand against tyranny. He appointed Vaclav Have to work as the chairman of HRF. Vaclav died in 2011. Thor replaced him with political activists and Russian chess veteran, Garry Kasparov. The work that Thor and his associates do has never been easy. For instance, Kasparov had a rough time with Russian Police in 2012. He was repeatedly punched while protesting against the verdict on Pussy Riot band. The Moscow based band was sentenced to serve two years in prison for singing a song that was anti-Putin. In 2010, Mr Thor himself had a rough time with Vietnamese authorities when he visited Ho Chi Minh City to interview ThichQuang Do, the patriarch of Vietnam’s Unified Buddhist Church.

He considers himself to be a classical liberal. That is why the political inclinations of the 12 people that work with him at Human Rights Foundation do not bother him. On a daily basis, they strive to highlight authoritarianism and offer a voice to political prisoners and dissidents. The foundation organizes the Oslo Freedom Forum annually. It has become an important forum for human rights activists.

About Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is a leading human rights advocate. He is also a film producer. Thor has made immense contributions to the fields of pro-democracy advocacy, civil liberties, public policy, individual rights, and interest advocacy. He is the Oslo Freedom Foundation’s founder as well as the Human Rights Foundation that that organizes the event.

He is the producer of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s science fiction book. Additionally, Thor has appeared as a speaker at the University of Pennsylvania, TEDx. He has also appeared on leading television outlets such as BBC News and Fox News. His opinions have been published by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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