Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate, who has taken the lead in fighting against injustice in the society. He has achieved much success in advocating for human rights through Human Rights Foundation (HRF), an organization that he founded in 2005. HRF comprises 12 staff members, who are in charge of creating awareness on authoritarianism. They also give dissidents and political prisoners a platform to be heard. The foundation’s annual Oslo Freedom Forum attracts reporters, activists and the public from all over the world. Most people refer to the forum as the “Davos for Dissidents.” In addition, HRF demonstrates its authority by supporting prominent persons like PayPal’s Peter Thiel and Google’s Sergy Brin, who are some of the major donors of the foundation. Click here to watch video.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen enhances human rights activism through film production where he creates innovative works on public policy, public interest advocacy, civil liberties, individual rights and pro-democracy advocacy. The New York Times described the activist as a maverick “who champions the underdog and the powerless.” In its 2013 profile feature, Buzzfeed commented that, “Thor possesses a burning desire to correct the countless injustices of this world.” Presently, Thor is heavily involved with the Children’s Peace Movement in Czech and On Own Feet. Halvorssen is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute. In 2010, he purchased the traditionally leftist news Magazine in Norwegian, NY Tid.
Over the years, Halvorssen has shared his insights on human rights activism on different platforms, including The New Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Nation. He has been featured on various Television channels such as BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Mathews, CNN and HBO. In 2010, he spoke at TEDx at the University of Pennsylvania. Thor started human rights activism while he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania where he led a protest that sought for his father’s release. He had been wrongfully detained. In 2004, he led another demonstration pushing for the justice of his mother who had been shot during a peaceful protest.