Thor Halvorssen is a man who often likes to reflect on his life work and on his personal mission. He is a man of many tastes, and altruism is a central focus of his life. Born in Venezuela, Thor realized very young that life’s niche was to be an advocate for the underdog and for the powerless. He would grow up and become a world-famous film producer and had contributions in the field of public policy, public interest and civil liberties.
In 2007, Thor Halvorssen was described by the New York times as an individual who is very much at home being a maverick and as one who “champions the underdog and the powerless.” Halvorssen has been described by others as having a burning desire to right the countless injustices that are present in this world and is committed to being a voice against different dictatorships, including the one in Venezuela.
As founder of the human rights foundation, Thor Halvorssen cannot help but reflect on the fact that he has come a long way. He also cannot help but notice that his foundation has come a long way as well. As a pioneer of human rights, Halvorssen knows that his struggle will continue many years in the future and well past his time of mortality on this earth has come to a close. However, as a human rights activist, he knows he cannot help but be proud of the many individuals he has helped through the years and the ones that his organization is trying to help at present. At present, there are a number of important causes that his group is championing. Here are just a few to look at:
The Human Rights Foundation sent a strongly-worded condemnation to this nation earlier this month because of their crackdown on freedom of speech. Morocco’s system of government is an absolutist monarchy, and so criticizing their policies results in harsh punishments. The Humans Rights Foundation (HRF) is advocating for Mohamed Essabr, Samad Iach, Hicham Mansouri, Hisham Almiraat, and Maati Monjib in particular because they developed an app that allegedly “threatened the security of the state.”
Journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul were arrested on November 26 and are facing life in prison simply for reporting that the Turkish government armed Islamic rebel groups in Syria.
Halvorssen’s HRF organization is also protesting the cruel treatment of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai due to their arrest on December 16, 2015. The human rights lawyer is a well-known advocate for democracy in the country and was charged with “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”
As you can see, these and many other issues remain very important to Thor Halvorssen and his organization.