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 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.