With so many different cultures in the world, there is one subject that is apparent throughout even the most primitive cultures, Human Rights. It is in some shape, form or fashion an issue throughout the world. To battle this ongoing issue the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) was formed.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded in 2005 in New York to raise awareness and educate society as a whole on how to promote freedom and tolerance in regions that are plagued with human right issues. Their philosophy is simple. Target and educate world leaders, intellectual individuals and society as a whole, who have the influence in their countries to promote human rights within their respective cultures. They aim to accomplish this with seminars, publications, news and video media to initiate a movement forward in the right direction.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded by Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza, most commonly referred as Thor Halvorssen. He is a human rights activist and film producer that recognizes the need for education, throughout the world, of the travesties of the lack of human rights that many people continue to suffer to this very day. He decided to use his talents to get this very important issue out to the public. He stance is very basic. He states “I don’t care if these injustices are being committed by “right-wing or left-wing regimes. Havorssen is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum. It is a heavily promoted and successful festival that has grown immensely and is approaching the status of being as big as Devos Economic Forum.
Halvorssen was born in Venezuela. His father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, and mother, Hilda Mendoza both have been the victim of senseless violence through government corruption. These experiences led him to found HRF and be what many call “a champion of the underdog and the powerless.” This is just the start of what is considered a very influential and rapidly moving stage of education of the people and the eradication of the injustices that prevent the world from becoming a more peaceful society as a whole.