Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan businessman, film producer, and a human rights advocate. He is also a special commissioner for international narcotics. During the South African apartheid in 1989, Thor organized opposition despite being just an adolescent. He has since become a human rights advocate fighting oppression and advocating for the release of political prisoners across the globe. He has occasionally been described as the champion of the powerless. Thor is currently the president of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) based in New York. The foundation is rooted in fighting for the release of political prisoners and exposing dictatorship all over the globe.
It is after his dad being imprisoned as a political prisoner in Venezuela that Thor became involved in the liberation of political prisoners on a full-time basis. Thor founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which serves as a forum where human rights activist can share their thoughts on different issues facing people all over the world. Since 2009, the gathering of human rights advocates has taken place in Oslo. The forum is significant in fighting for equal treatment of people across all over the world. The Norwegian newspaper refers to the forum as a Gathering of Heroes.
Some of the participants in the forum include Nobel laureate Lech Walesa, Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder, Luban al-Hussein from Sudan, Maria Aliokhina, and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a political prisoner from Russia. Thor is also the Patron of the Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement. The views issued on his lectures at various universities have been addressed on various platforms and sites on the internet. Some of the venues where his opinions have been addressed include Time magazine, The Washington Post, The Economist, CNN, New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Daily Telegraph.
Thor is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute which he acquired in May 2010 while it was known as leftist Norwegian news magazine. A film such as The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is currently in production at the Moving Pictures Institute under Thor’s management. Also, Thor co-produced another film by the title Freedom’s Fury. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
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