Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan based human rights activist. He is also a producer in the film industry. He has contributed in the fields of public policy development, public interest advocacy, individual human rights and civil liberties, and pro- democracy support. He founded Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human right festival.
He is also the President of the Human Rights Foundation, a foundation that has devoted most of its resources and energy in the fight for the Global Human Rights and freedom. He also holds the position of patron in Children Peace Movement, On Own Feet based in the Republic of Czech. Halvorssen also founded the Moving Picture Institute. In 2010, he bought the Norwegian News Magazine.
His opinions in regards to human rights have echoed around the world and have contributed to better engagement from the governments. His opinions have been referred and used in states to foster democracy and equality. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
He has appeared in several Journals that include; The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal to mention but a few. Television outlets have also featured him on several occasions. He was a recognized speaker at TEDX at the University of Pennsylvania. He spoke on matters of human rights in the University in the year 2010.
He was born in Venezuela to Hilda Mendoza. He went to the University of Pennsylvania. Here, he studied and graduated with a degree in Political Science and History. He has specialized in matters regarding Dictatorship, Slavery, and violations to democracy.
He has championed on the human rights through lectures in Harvard Law School, the New York City Junto, the United Nations Associations in New York, and the American Enterprise Institute. He was also asked to speak to the British Government on several Occasions.
In 1999, he initiated a campaign that sought for the creation of anti-slave policy. The policy required China to certify that Lucent Products were not manufactured using slave labor. China Laogai camps allegedly imprisoned over 8 million workers in over 1100 factories, farms, and other facilities that were utilized in the production of consumer products.
Besides, his involvement in human right activities, he has also a large interest in the film industry. According to a Hollywood Reporter, he is in the process of producing a film that is an adaptation of the fictional novel; The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress authored by Robert A. Heinlein.
Additionally, he has been involved in the production of several films including The Singing Revolution, a film that showed Estonia’s Peaceful Struggle for political independence.
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