Champion for human rights, Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan Human Rights advocate and film producer. He has contributed to the fields of public policy, civil liberties, and individual rights around the globe. He is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, which is an annual conference that is focused on human rights around the world. He is currently the President of the Human Rights Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to human rights and freedom for all around the world. Thor Halvorssen has a degree from the University of Pennsylvania with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and History. He graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors.

Described as a “Champion for the Underdog,” Thor began advocating for human rights when he was just a teenager. He began his advocacy in London when he organized an opposition to the South African apartheid. His father becoming a political prisoner in Venezuela became the catalyst for Thor to devote himself to human rights advocacy full-time.

Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation after his mother was shot in a political protest. His entire family is politically involved and champions for civil and human rights. The foundation is dedicated to freeing political prisoners and spread tolerance and democracy throughout Latin America. Thanks to the foundation, seven prisoners of conscience have been freed. They have also helped in many human and civil rights cases. Thor has written two books on individual rights and the responsibilities of the state regarding human rights.

To compliment his advocacy work, Halvorssen also is a filmmaker and producer. He makes films that can help relate stories about human rights around the world. One of his many films, “Freedom’s Fury,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was co-produced by Hollywood heavyweights, Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu. The film tells the story of an uprising that occurred in Hungary against a dictatorship back in 1956.