Thor Halvorssen- Advocate for the Underdog

Thor Halvorssen is a half-Norwegian Venezuelan advocate for human rights and film producer born in 1976. He started advocating for human rights at a young age by forming an opposition to the South African apartheid in London in 1989. Thor Halvorssen quickly grew to become known as a defender of the little guy and less fortunate. When his father ended up as a Venezuelan prisoner of war, his passion for advocating and pushing for the rights of due process went full-force.

In 2004, Thor Halvorssen founded Human Rights Foundation, based in New York, after his mother lost her life during a political protest. Human Rights Foundation is dedicated to the liberation of prisoners of war and encourages the establishment of civil and political rights and upholding them. They also strive to support the idea of tolerance and democracy on a Global level.

Since the inception of Human Rights Foundation, they have successfully secured the release of seven prisoners of conscience, been key in providing the Truth Commissions evidence, and provided information as amicus curiae in many international cases involving human rights issues click here.

In 2005, Halvorssen added film making to his portfolio of skills. He used a small sum of his own money to establish his nonprofit Moving Picture Institute. With this new endeavor he utilizes donations to endorse and distribute documentary films.

His linkedin, Though Moving Picture Institute backs many documentaries created by talented film makers who present political and social issues, Halvorssen has also taken a role behind the camera. He has produced and acted in films including: Uprising, Halo of Stars, and 2081. It is easier to reach further, create greater understanding with grander impact, and communicate with a larger scale audience than paper can. Thus, this new direction blends perfectly with his freedom of speech movement and opens a new door to advocate for human rights.

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Human Rights Continue To Be Of Importance For Thor Halvorssen

The human rights community already knows the name Thor Halvorssen because of the large amount of success he has achieved campaigning on behalf of political prisoners around the world.

Thor Halvorssen established his own Human Rights Foundation in 2005 in New York City as a way of making sure the problems he had identified with many human rights groups were addressed by his own group; Halvorssen understands the good work done by many who investigate human rights abuses taking place in the U.S., but feels his own expertise are best used in fighting human rights problems in closed societies around the world.

There are many issues that Thor Halvorssen has faced in his career as a human rights activists and film producer, the documentary film work of Halvorssen has won awards for his films based largely on the human rights issues faced by people trapped in the former Soviet eastern bloc. The work of Thor has taken in many different aspects of human rights abuses and his film examination of the use of humor in anti Soviet propaganda has become a success under the title “Hammer and Tickle”.

According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen spends much of his time seeking the best options for bringing news of the human rights abuses of global tyrants to the people of the world. Halvorssen has gone so far as to own a popular left leaning newspaper in the native home of his family, Norway; the human rights activist also brings his own writings and discussions to almost any news media willing to provide Thor with the chance to discuss human rights issues.

Over the course of his life and career Thor Halvorssen has witnessed human rights abuses at first hand, including both his parents becoming victims of lost human rights in Venezuela for their opposition to the socialist government.

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