Human rights advocate Thor Halvorssen founded his New York-based organization in 2005. The 39-year-old Human Rights Foundation (HRF) creator comes from good Norwegian and Venezuelan stock. His mother is a descendant of Venezuela’s first president, Cristobal Mendoza, his paternal grandfather served as counsel to the King of Norway during WWII.
His family tree has a long line of fighters of individual liberties. He is well versed on the subject and has unfortunate experience with the consequence of the preservation of human rights. His father, the former drug Czar of Venezuela, was tortured and imprisoned for exposing corruption. His mother was shot during a protest. His cousin is currently a political prisoner.
None of this has stopped Thor. According to this article from Forbes, Halvorssen continues to wave the banner of justice of all and will continue to do so until everyone has equal rights.
Halvorssen says he loves people. He especially loves the troublemakers, the rabble rousers and the ones, who, like himself, have risked life and limb for the cause.
In 2010, Thor Halvorssen traveled to Vietnam to interview the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church, who spent 28 years under house arrest. After the taped interview, he found himself at the end of brutal beating by authorities.
Although some label Thor as a right-winger because he received funding from the conservative Bradley Foundation. He insists he has no affiliation with the foundation and they don’t even fund him anymore.
Thor has a small staff, but they are formidable and have a far reach. They bring instances of human rights violations to the forefront.
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