Thor Halvorssen is half-Norwegian and half Venezuelan. He was born and raised in Caracas. His genealogy is impressive as he is a descendant of the first president of Venezuela, Cristobal Mendoza. When he was working as a drug czar, Thor exposed corruption that the Venezuelan government was concealing from the public. His father was tortured in prison while his mother was shot during a demonstration. Leopoldo Lopez is serving his sentence in Venezuela. Lopez who is Thor’s first cousin was jailed for trying to challenge Chavista’s regime.
Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and president of the Human Rights Foundation. He spends his time spreading love. Thor loves defectors and dissidents who are not afraid of standing up against tyranny. He appointed Vaclav Havel to be the Chairman of HRF. After his death, Thor replaced him with Garry Kasparov. Garry was later arrested in 2012 and sentenced to two years in prison for singing a song against Vladimir Putin. This information was originally published on The Weekly Standard as posited in the following link http://www.weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824
Thor has suffered brutality in the course of his work. In 2010, he traveled to Vietnam to interview the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. The church had been banned and the patriarchs put under house arrest. Thor was able to sneak in and tape the interview. On his way out, he was arrested and detained until he persuaded the police to release him. His cameraman managed to escape through a side door while hiding his camera on his rectum. Thor has seen philanthropists withdrawing funds because of intolerance. Sigrid Rausing once walked out on him during a meeting after she discovered that he had been given a check by the Bradley Foundation.
Aside from being the president and founder of HRF, Thor is a film producer. According to an article on Forbes, he started human rights activities in 1989. At the time, he was opposing the South African apartheid. Thor is the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum. He is actively involved in activities and initiatives involving children such as On Own Feet. Before forming HRF, he was the executive director and chief executive officer of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education between 1999 and 2004.
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