A Closer Look at Human-Rights Activist Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, a champion for the people who feel powerless and he is a well-known and respected film producer. In 1989, Halvorssen began his journey into human rights violations by organizing an opposition against the apartheid in South Africa. Mr. Halvorssen is of Venezuelan and Norwegian descent, and his father was once a political prisoner in Venezuela. The imprisonment of his father caused Mr. Thor Halvorssen to fight for due process and individual rights in Venezuela.

In 2004, Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation after a political protest in which his mother was shot and killed. The goal of the foundation is to secure the release of political prisoners that were wrongly convicted and sentenced. The New York-based foundation has secured the release of seven political prisoners since its inception, and it has published two best-selling books on individual rights and human rights violations throughout the world.

Mr. Halvorssen is also the founder of the popular Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum is an annual global event that many describe as a one-of-a-kind human rights festival. He is also the founder of the Children’s Peace Movement based out of Prague. Recently, the Human Rights Foundation praised the release of an anti-Castro graffiti artist in Cuba. Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado was imprisoned for two months in a Cuban maximum-security prison for spray painting references on the death of the former Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. The HRF is pleading with the Cuban government to drop all charges against Maldonado and to stop arresting him arbitrarily.

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