Thor Halvorssen is the president of New York based Human Rights firm. Unlike other prominent Human Right organizations, Thor oversees only 12 activists. However, these few activists have delivered such a powerful punch to dictator regimes around the world that most large HR organisations could only think of. What makes Thor and his activists stand out is their die-hard practical approach to human rights. Instead of sitting in their offices and writing reports, Thor Halvorssen and his team travels around the globe to protest in front of the tyrants.
Perhaps, the behavior is natural to Thor, whose family descended from the line of elite freedom fighters holding prominent positions in Venezuela and Norway. Brought up in Caracas, Thor Halvorseen was trained to rebuke bullies from his childhood. His parents and grandparents were tormented by dictators who inflicted severe punishment and jail-time for standing against the dictatorship. For instance, his father was subject to severe torture in the Caracas prison for voicing against the government corruption related to drug trafficking. Similarly, his mother is still nursing from the bullet wound she received from protesting against Hugo Chavez.
Despite working on almost limitless human rights campaigns of every type, Thor remains infatuated with the “brainwashing” of North Korean citizens and how three generations of Kim have systematically controlled the mindset of millions of North Koreans. In his quest to educate North Koreans, Thor and his team have launched hundreds of balloons with informative literature for North Koreans. In launching those balloons, Thor has to put his life in danger by reaching as close to the North Korean border as possible. Despite mixed results, he is determined to have his voice heard. In the past, Thor Halvorseen has been arrested several times for his alleged involvement in enticing human right activists in Vietnam and other countries.
According to this article in Forbes, Thor Halverseen started his formal career in 1989 by organizing rallies against the South African apartheid. Since then, he is overseeing many high profile projects that include Oslo Freedom Forum and various children right organisations. He currently acts as the president of New York based Human Rights Foundation. He is also actively involved in producing films on human rights.
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