The Passion of Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is an individual who is known for his many selfless accomplishments that have helped individuals who have lacked a voice in some of the most oppressive and militaristic countries in the world that prevent not only speaking out against the regime, but also prevent a freedom of choice. Thor Halvorssen has always been on the path towards human activism and has always thought of himself as a citizen of the world. Thor Halvorssen has explored and traveled the world and has been to numerous countries that would otherwise be restricted to outsiders. Thor Halvorssen has demonstrated his passion for fighting for human rights through his experience. Thor Halvorssen has not only been beaten on numerous occasions within oppressive and closed off nation-states, but has also been imprisoned as well as threatened several times by nation-states such as North Korea and even by Angola, a nation-state that is located in Africa.

Thor Halvorssen comes from a family of human rights activists and new thought to pursue a path other than what his parents pursued. Even at a young age, Thor Halvorssen dealt with hard issues and dealt with them with hid dignity. Even as a young boy, Thor Halvorssen watched his parents beaten and imprisoned on numerous occasions for the purpose of fighting for the rights of others. His inspirational parents have given him the motivation to continue down that path and to make sure that not only individuals around the world are informed, but also makes sure to promote universal freedom through basic rights such as the right to speak and the right to practice a religion of choice.

Thor Halvorssen is so dedicated to what he does that he became the President of the Human Rights Foundation, a large foundation that was founded in 2005 and that is currently located in New York City, one of the most widely known cities in the world. Thanks to the work of Thor Halvorssen and his hard working employees, the foundation receives numerous and generous donations to the foundation from individuals as well as from businesses from the private and public sector.

Helping others is More Important than Image to Thor Halvorssen

The image of the traditional human rights activist is one of an individual who leans strongly to the left of politics and rarely leaves the comfort of their own country. Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist in a completely different mold than his peers in the activism community; the latest in a long line of Venezuelan and Norwegian diplomats and government figures has little interest in the day to day politics that consume many of those who look to raise human rights awareness.

Thor Halvorssen himself looks to the work completed by many of the world’s largest human rights charities and organizations, which have been deeply rooted in western Europe and North America in the 21st century; Halvorssen himself attempts to bring public attention to the issues of people trapped in closed societies, such as North Korea and Vietnam. In fact, during a recent trip to Vietnam to interview a religious leader who has been held under house arrest for more than two decades the University of Pennsylvania alum placed his own body on the line during a vicious beating from local officials when they discovered the true reasons for his visit.

Over the course of his career Thor Halvorssen has looked to develop his own position in the human rights activism that is free from political and financial interference; the Human Rights Foundation Thor established in 2005 accepts donations from individuals and groups who understand their financial gifts do not entitle them to any control over the direction of the foundation. Thor has also looked to change the way human rights activism is seen in the world as he has looked to bring awareness to the role played by socialist governments in diminishing human rights for their citizens. Many activists refuse to condemn governments who lean to the left wing of politics, but Thor Halvorssen believes any loss of human rights should be reported no matter which side of political life a government reflects.