Thor Halvorssen Defender Of Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen is known worldwide as one of the most influential voices for human rights on the planet. Thor Halvorssen is one of those rare people who is willing to risk his life for the rights of others, as he has demonstrated on several occasions. His tireless efforts have resulted in the betterment of the lives for millions of people.

Thor Halvorssen comes from a family deeply rooted in protecting the rights of others; his family history would read like a good book. Both his father and mother have paid a high price for their efforts on behalf of others. They are a wealthy Venezuelan family who’s heritage goes back to the first president of Venezuela, Cristóbal Mendoza. Thor’s mother Hilda Mendoza is a decedent of Venezuela’s first president.

While attending a peaceful demonstration supporting the recall of Hugo Chávez in 2004, she was shot and wounded by bullets fired by government supporters. Thor’s father was arrested, beaten and tortured for his efforts to investigate the Medellín cartel. After spending seventy-four days in a Caracas jail, he was eventually released with the help of organizations like Amnesty International and found innocent of all charges.

He has lectured on human rights at such prestigious venues as The United Nations Association, the American Enterprise Institute, and British parliament. In 1999 Thor became the first director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

While serving as head of the foundation, he was able to bring together both conservative and libertarian organizations that support human rights. Among those organizations is the Heritage Foundation, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Thor has a track record of backing individuals on both sides of the political spectrum, right and left.

Resigning his position as head of FIRE in 2004 Thor joined the effort to establish a human rights organization that would advocate for freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny.

The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) formed in 2005 named Thor Halvorssen as president. The foundation has among its member’s such luminaries as Elie Wiesel, and Harry Wu, both well-known prisoners of conscience. Halvorssen is a frequent critic of China, Taiwan, Uganda and many other countries that allow human rights violations. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn

Thor continues his tireless efforts for human rights as head of the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual gathering of human rights advocates from around the world. Dictators and tyrants, no matter where they are, know they can’t hide from Thor Halvorssen.

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