The human rights activist Thor Halvorssen has been on a mission to fight the worst atrocities being committed against the people of the world by governments regardless of their political leanings. Halvorssen has been seeking to fund his work with the Human Rights Foundation in a way that allows him to maintain the independence of the organization free from the influence of wealthy donors. Describing himself as a classical liberal, Thor Halvorssen has often looked for different ways of battling the rise of closed societies and tyrants of all political backgrounds, which has included Halvorssen making the decision to publicize the atrocities committed by socialist and right wing government agencies.
Thor Halvorssen has often been an outspoken critic of the socialist government of Venezuela, previously headed by Hugo Chavez that has set his own Human Rights Foundation apart from many other human rights groups in the 21st century. Despite taking over a socialist newspaper in his family’s home nation of Norway, Halvorssen has often defended his own political views as irrelevant to the conversation when human rights abuses are being committed by governments of any ideological persuasion. Click here to watch video.
The personal history of Thor Halvorssen has seen his own family always willing to fight for the rights of individuals around the world, including a famous tale of Thor’s paternal grandfather involved in a physical fight with occupying Nazi officers during World War II. Thor’s need to develop a human rights based career that backs the work he has completed with both the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum, both were established by Halvorssen.
It is difficult to believe the Oslo Freedom Forum has only been around since 2009 when founder Thor Halvorssen worked alongside his fellow Human Rights Foundation members to create an event that has become the must attend on the calendar of human rights activists across the planet. The Oslo Freedom Forum reflects the interests and passions of Thor Halvorssen across many different aspects of his life, including his close links to the Hollywood celebrity circles he often moves in as a successful film producer.
In developing the initial Oslo Freedom Forum events, Thor has admitted his own love of film and staged events has given him many ideas of how best to stir up the crowd attending the Norway-based event; Halvorssen feels replicating the Opera soundtrack of one of his favorite movies “The Shawshank Redemption” was one of the best ways of marking the very first Oslo Freedom Forum event in 2009. Not only has Thor Halvorssen adapted his own interests to help establish the Oslo Freedom Forum he has also looked to develop the event in the same hotel where the Nobel Peace prize is awarded; the Oslo Freedom Forum also awards a prize for the most creative activist who is fighting for the freedoms of others around the world.
The love of film that Thor Halvorssen has maintained throughout his life has been one of the main passions that he has looked to develop into one of the most successful careers of the 21st century. Halvorssen has recently made a number of documentaries based around his human rights interests, but has now moved into the production of science fiction based fiction movies as he feels this affords him the chance to explore many human rights based themes that can provide warnings and information for the future of the society we live within.
Thor Halvorssen is a professional who founded several institutions with the premise of advocating for human rights. He educates people worldwide on issues of equality and justice. His advocates for democracy, public policy, public interest individual rights, and civil liberties. He was born in Venezuela on March 9, 1976. His family has links to several influential people. For example, his mother Hilda is descendent of the first president of Venezuela named Cristobal Mendoza. Thor Halvorssen received his education at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained dual undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and History, graduating magna cum laude.
He is a writer and has published pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He uses media outlets such as TED talks and movies to discuss human rights issues. This supports his assertion that freedom of speech is crucial to a progressive society.
Thor Halvorssen was the CEO of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He stepped down and became CEO and president of the Human Rights Foundation. Thor Halvorssen started the Olso Freedom Forum, which is an opportunity for people from all over the world to gather in Norway and discuss human rights issues. He also created the Moving Pictures Institute and uses film as a medium to illustrate modern day human rights issues. One of his more well-known productions is 2081 which is a film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Burgeron, which is about a dystopian society where all are made equal through forced handicapping.