Thor Halvorssen’s Unique Way of Fighting Against the Abuse of Human Rights

For a long time, human rights activists have been perceived as individuals who just sit in their comfortable offices and talk about human rights. Thor Halvorssen is one man that is striving to change the stereotype associated with human rights activists like himself. As such, Halvorssen is a hands-on person who displays vigor in his endeavors to champion for human rights where they have been abused through totalitarian leadership.

Unlike many other activists, Thor Halvorssen has witnessed first-hand the dangers associated with human rights violation as well as dictatorial leadership. His father was tortured inside a prison in Caracas for shedding light on the corrupt practices in the Venezuelan government. In addition, his mother was also a victim of shooting during an anti-Chavez demonstration.

Well aware of the consequences of dictatorship, Thor Halvorssen and his team of activists at the Human Rights Foundation have devoted their energy to fighting against authoritarianism. He has displayed a strong commitment to helping defectors and dissidents in fighting against tyranny. His support for rebels is displayed by the people he has hired over the years to act as chairperson of HRF such as Garry Kasparov, a Russian political activist.

Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is widely acknowledged for his endeavors in supporting the oppressed in society, particularly in nations ruled by dictators. His focus targets various areas such as public interest advocacy, civil liberties, pro-democracy advocacy, individual rights and public policy. Halvorssen has made a name for himself across the global divide through the inception of numerous bodies that champion for human rights. As such, he is known for founding the Oslo Freedom Forum, which serves as a yearly gathering or festival for human rights. Further, he is the President of one of the Human Rights Foundation.

Halvorssen holds both graduate and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from the University of Pennsylvania. Armed with his vast knowledge in political science and his distaste for threats to democracy, human trafficking, slavery and dictatorship, Halvorssen lectures numerous institutions of learning. Some of these top schools include American Enterprise Institute, the United Nations Association, the New York City Junto and the Harvard Law School. Thor Halvorssen on Facebook.

Thor Halvorssen’s Support for Evan Mawarire

Annually, Thor Halvorssen, the leader of the Human Rights Foundation, produces the Oslo Freedom Forum as a way for human rights advocates to network with each other. This May event is not only attended by activists, but is also covered by notable journalist. One of the speakers that Thor was most interested in hearing from was Evan Mawarire, a pastor from Zimbabwe.

What Evan Mawarire Did

Thor has encouraged human right supporters to take to social media at all his forums. This pastor was highly successful in doing that starting in April 2016 with a Facebook post calling for governmental change. The video shows Mawarire wearing a Zimbabwe flag as he declares that he is just a citizen. He next explains the different color meanings of the flag. He then urged people to wear the flag daily to show their support for governmental change. Stay-away protests encouraged people to stay home from work on July 6, 2016. In order to show their support the people took to using the #ThisFlag on social media.

Evan Mawarire Arrested

Evan was arrested for inciting public violence and disturbing the peace. Evan then went to South Africa to protect his family. He returned to Zimbabwe on February 1, 2017, where he was arrested at the airport on charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government along with charges of inciting the public to riot. Thor joins with many others in calling for his immediate release.

Thor’s Own Story

Thor can tell his own horror stories of trying to work with governments. His father was arrested when he was very small for protesting against the Venezuelan government. His mother was shot at a protest over her husband being imprisoned. Thor Halvorssen’s cousin has also been imprisoned for protesting against the government in Venezuela.

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