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Thor Halvorssen, Profession and Human Rights Activism

Born in 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela (Born and raised there), Thor is an adept producer and actor who had made come up with famous movies like Uprising, Halo Stars and 2081. He is the owner of the Human Rights Foundation, HRF that is based in New York which he launched in 2005. His father who was a confidant of the Norwegian King had to relocate to Venezuela after the German invasion of his country. Thor suffered when the Venezuelan Government harassed his parents for uncovering the corruption there. This did not deter him but made him strong and fought for human rights for all after seeing the inequality in the Venezuelan communism.

Mr Thor Loves all people especially the vulnerable ones who are fighting against regimes for fair treatment of the citizen. He loves dissidents, defectors, and freedom fighters more who confidently stands against tyranny.

In his endeavor, striving for equality, he has been beaten up. In 2010 he and his cameraman were in Vietnam to talk with Thich Quang Do whose Buddhist Church had been banned and spent 28 years of house arrest. After winding up the interview he was confronted by the Vietnamese authorities, arrested and detained but they talked their way out of custody. He believes that we should roll up our sleeves and help those who are trying to fight for their rights, period. Click here to watch video.

Some say he is a critic of the leftist Latin American dictators and is given money from the right wing conservative foundations. He, however, rubbishes that notion and insists that he is a “Classical Liberal.” Thor dislikes the dictators because they discriminate. He works with any wing provided they are in opposition to the dictatorial regime. His mains aim and dreams are to cover various corners of the world and cushion those who are fighting for a good cause and freedom. He interacts with dissidents, political prisoners and lends them a megaphone.

Human Right Advocate- Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen loves people, and at a very young age, he has been involved in human right advocacy. Mr. Thor grew up in a family where fighting and standing for the right of others was there everyday task and right. Thor was born in 1972, and he came from a royal family. His mother was a descendant of the Venezuelan first President while his father was a Venezuelan Ambassador for anti-narcotics affair. Thor parents were also a human right activist. His father died in a Venezuelan prison, while his mother was shot dead during a demonstration.

After his High School graduation, Mr. Thor attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in political science and history. Mr. Halvorssen is the President and the founder of Human Rights Foundation, a group that has a mandate of advocating for human rights all over the world. Human Rights Foundation is located in New York, and since its inception, it has released more than seven prisoners. Thor Halvorssen has also founded several other organizations including Oslo Freedom which can well be described as a remarkable human rights festival which is on the way to becoming a human right equivalent to Davos Economic Forum. Oslo Freedom Forum is organized each year.

Thor Halvorssen is very passionate about personal advocacy, and he has also produced films related to what he loves doing. His films focus on public policy, public interest support, individual rights, and civil freedoms. He is also a leader who over the years has been recognized for his effective leadership skills. Thor is the Patron of Czech-based Children’s peace movement, on Own feet, he has also established Moving Pictures Institute. Thor is a go-getter, and recently he bought NyTid which is Norwegian news magazine.

Thor has been showing continuous efforts which have given human opportunity to receive awards and recognition including being honored by the University of Pennsylvanian President Judith Rodin for his efforts to protect students’ speech. He was awarded the Sol FeinstoneAward.In 2010 he was given a presidential silver medal in honor of commemorating the Romanian Revolution 10th Anniversary. Emil Constantinescu, a Romanian leader, presented the award to Thor. Thor is a fighter whose success is based on others peace of mind and rights.

The Human Rights Foundation Urges the Vietnamese Government to Release Human Right Activists

Human Rights Foundation is a well- known nonprofit making an organization. The main aim of the organization is to promote the rights of people in the world today. The organization was recently fighting for the urgent release of Mr. Nguyen Van Dai, a famous lawyer in Vietnam. Mr. Nguyen was arrested when working in his office that is located him Hanoi. He was taken into custody together with a colleague known as Le Thu Ha. The organization has condemned the arrest and asked the Vietnamese government to act fast.

Van Dai Nguyen is a human rights lawyer based in Vietnam, and he peacefully fights to uphold the rights of the citizens in his country. He was arrested in December 2015, and together with Le Thu Ha, and they are facing serious charges from the government. The Vietnamese government believes that the two have been conducting propaganda against it. If Nguyen and Le Thu Ha are found guilty after their trial, they might face up to 20 years in prison.

Mr. Thor Halvorssen, the Venezuelan president of the Human Rights Foundation, thinks the Vietnamese Government is using the vague propaganda law to ensure that they sabotage any democracy calls in the country. Thanks to the propaganda law, human rights activists have always been detained in prison, and this should stop immediately. Thor Halvorssen, the Human Rights founder is currently urging the international community to intervene and pressure the Vietnamese government to drop the charges pressed against the human rights activists. He also says that they should be released with no conditions.

This is not the first time that the lawyer is facing problems with the Vietnamese law. Back in 2007, Nguyen was prosecuted by the government due to his human rights activities. He was forced to spend 4 years in jail. After being released in 2011, the government still harassed him, and he was on surveillance most of the time. He attended the International Human Rights Day in December last year, but he was beaten up and robbed by individuals who were masked.

The Human Rights Foundation has recently partnered with many other groups like the Amnesty International from all parts of the world to pressure the government to release the two individuals.

Mr. Thor Halvorssen is a well- known human rights lawyer and a respected film producer. He the founder of HRF and he has always fought for people’s rights since childhood. His actions have led to the release of important people in the world.