Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza is a Venezuelan human rights advocate. He was born on March 9, 1976, in Venezuela to Hilda Mendoza and Thor Halvorssen Hellum. He is the president of the Human Rights Foundation, an organization committed to universal human rights and freedom. Since HRF was inaugurated, HRF has secured the release of seven prisoners of conscience; submitted amicus briefs in major international human rights cases and provided evidence to Truth Commissions.
Thor Halvorssen as commonly known is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum an annual gathering for human rights festival. Thor is the patron of Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement, On Own Feet. He also founded the Moving Picture Institute which is currently producing the film adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s-The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. His work has received praise from the New York Times terming him as a champion of the underdog and the powerless. Thor’s opinions have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Time Magazine. Thor has also appeared on television outlets such as Fox News Channel’s, CNN and the O’Reilly Factor advocating for the betterment of human rights.
Thor’s Political Involvement
Thor’s engagement in politics of global human rights has put him in international conflicts. One of HRF agenda is to combat oppressive regimes worldwide. He has worked with exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and his wife, Yuan Weijing. He also criticized Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his mischievous endeavors to punish gay individuals through the death penalty. He also led a vicious campaign against Venezuelan government for the loss of his mother and imprisonment of his dad. She also criticized pop music celebrity Nicki Minaj for accepting to perform for the Angolan dictatorship.
Thor’s Career in Film Production
Activism requires some documentation regarding visual recording to reach out to many. Thor has been involved in film productions which include Freedom’s Fury. He is also listed as one of the producers of Indoctrinate U. Others include the Sugar Babies, the Singing Revolution, and Hammer & Tickle.
It’s never too late for redemption. Thor has proven that no human should be treated as a lesser being due to their political affiliation, ideologies or sexual orientation.