Thor Halvorssen, the founder of Human Rights Foundation, is not your ordinary activist. he is part dissident, part showman, and part visionary. While his main focus is taking down dictatorships around the world, he is also a film producer and has become a bit of a celebrity in the human rights movement.
Founded in 2005, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is dedicated to preserving the rights of all people throughout the world. Halvorssen has first-hand knowledge of how brutal living under a dictatorship can be. His father was tortured in a Venezuelan prison after exposing government corruption in that country.
Currently, Thor Halvorssen is focused on the Hermit Kingdom of North Korea. The citizens of this country are virtually closed off from the outside world. Thay have endured 70 yeas of rule under the Kim family and are currently in the midst of a decades-long famine. According to some reports, 3.5 million North Koreans have died from malnutrition since the early 90’s.
HRF has consistently been smuggling in goods to the North Korean activists. They deliver everything from USB drives to giant slingshots that are used to propel much-needed items across the river from China.
After North Korean hackers broke into the servers at Sony in retaliation for that company’s production of The Interview, Thor Halvorssen and HRF launched the “Hack Them Back” project. They raised money to disperse among the North Korean dissidents to help them in their cause of informing their countrymen and to depose the Kim dictatorship.
The Human Rights Foundation is focused on protecting human rights around the globe. It is especially focused on closed societies like North Korea.
Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and film producer. In addition to being president of the Human Rights Foundation, he is also the founder of the Olso Freedom Forum, which has become a premier event for the human rights community.
More information for Thor Halvorssen:
As the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum the chance to discuss the problems facing those trapped in closed societies and beneath the rule of dictators was taken by Fox Business in a recent interview with Thor Halvorssen. The film producer has taken his personal beliefs and used them in his film career that includes a documentary about the uprising against socialist forces in Hungary; during an interview with Trish Regan Halvorssen explained how he feels socialism has caused major problems in his home nation of Venezuela, but has provided benefits when used in small areas of government policy across Northern Europe.
Halvorssen would later reveal how he feels the rise of self described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has been of benefit to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections as it provided a different option for people across the country from the traditional mainstream candidates. During the interview a shocked Trish Regan asked Halvorssen for the reasons behind his decision to back Sanders over the more mainstream candidates in the election, including Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump; Halvorssen revealed his human rights background made it difficult for him to back either candidate because of their close links to human rights abusing regimes around the world.
Thor Halvorssen continued by explaining why he has problems with socialism in its purest forms as he has seen used in his native Venezuela. For a number of decades the people of Venezuela lived a profitable life under liberal governments who combined the best of socialism with more traditional policies; only when leaders in the socialist party began to see the chance for personal gain does Halvorssen believe the issue of socialism as a negative force was seen. In terms of the problems caused by socialism the expert in human rights revealed his personal experiences of both his parents being injured at the hands of government forces due to their anti government beliefs.
More information for Thor Halvorssen: