Born and raised in Caracas, Thor Halvorssen is the founder and president of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). He launched the New York-based organization in 2005, and it has since been actively displayed its devotion to global human rights and freedom.
In his human rights advocacy career, the 40-year-old Halvorssen has contributed to various fields including public policy, pro-democracy advocacy, personal rights and civil liberties, and public interest advocacy.
Thor’s knowledge in the human rights field is not just theoretical. He seems to have been driven by the experiences his parents went through. His father exposed corruption in Venezuela’s government when he was working as a drug czar. The reward he was given after that was torture in a Caracas jail. On the other hand, his mother was shot while participating in an anti-Hugo Chavez demo. These two instances are just a few human rights violations Thor’s family has seen not to mention his cousin, Leopoldo Lopez who is still a political prisoner in Venezuela.
Unlike most human rights activists, Thor does not spend his time doing the common stereotypical nature of activists. He has however faced it rough through the tough beatings while serving his cause. Through the Human Rights Foundation, Thor has made great achievements and political prisoners have been freed. For a very long time, he has stood against dictatorship.
Thor’s primary mission is to bring an end to the tyranny world. According to him, he is ready to work with anyone who buys into his mission. It does not matter the person’s political inclinations. His deep involvement in the complicated politics of global human rights made him become a polarizing and perplexing figure in human rights activism. It has also contributed to his central position in the many international conflicts around the world. Thor at Facebook.
Thor Halvorssen is also the founder of an annual gathering known as the Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum is recognized and attended by human rights activists from all over the world. The forum involves speeches from activists and panels where they discuss global human rights issues. The Human Rights Foundation receives donations from PayPal’s Peter Thiel and Google’s Sergey Brin.
The main goal of the Human Rights Foundation is to ensure the oppressive regimes across the world are dealt with in every way possible. He is committed to seeing political prisoners are freed and inviting journalists and dissidents to the annual forum organized by the foundation.
George Soros has made a name for himself. He is often known for supporting human rights initiatives and good governance all over the world. George Soros was born in Hungary during the Nazi occupation of the Hungarian territories. He fled Hungary to England where he enrolled in the London School of Economics. He got a job as a finance officer at a merchant bank.
According to Forbes, he relocated to New York where he started his hedge fund in 1969 with $ 12 million after joining Wall Street. After a while, the firm was re-branded to Quantum Fund. Years later, Soros still command respect in the investment industry through Soros Fund Management. Through his family office, he owns $30 billion in assets. Soros hired Dawn Fitzpatrick, one of the most prominent women in Wall Street, to manage his Soros Fund Management as its Chief Investment Officer. Since 2000, Fitzpatrick is the seventh CIO. He is also a supporter of the liberal causes and has been a fierce critic of Donald Trump and his policies.
During 2016 United States Elections, Soros re-emerged by giving financial support to the Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and the top bogeyman of conservatives. According to the information obtained from the Federal Election Commission and Soros’s associates through interviews and Democratic fundraising operatives, Soros gave over $25 million to Democratic Party causes. Soros made about $ 24.9 billion through risky currency trading and was expected to provide even more before the voting day.
It was during this particular election period that Soros seemed to have a renewed enthusiasm and combination of faith in Clinton’s candidacy and the pessimism of the GOP candidate rival Donald Trump, whom Soros accused of doing the hard work for ISIS by cultivating fear. According to Soros’ political adviser Michael Vachon, Soros had been giving financial support to the Democratic causes. However, in 2016 stakes seemed to have gone very high. He added that even before Donald Trump being confirmed as GOP candidate, the stakes were high. Vachon highlighted that the other side became opposed to many issues that George cared about and has made efforts to improve for many years. These items include the immigration reforms, religious tolerance and justice reforms.
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The 2016 motivation by George Soros to contribute toward the Democratic causes are similar to those in 2004. Soros was genuinely motivated by the opposition to the Iraq War and other Bush Administration policies which led him to support the liberal groups and John Kerry’s unsuccessful challenge to Bush’s return to power. Soros’ powerful inflammatory rhetoric accompanied the spending; he stated that the Bush administration was similar to the Nazis and insisted that defeating Bush as a “matter of life and death.” His opponents attacked him viciously by casting him as self-hating Jew amongst others. Despite the personal attacks on him, Soros has always been committed towards making life better through reforms. Read more on NYTimes.com.
Imagine looking up and seeing the horrors of the world and thinking about what can be done. There are people who take action in some way or another, Thor is that kind of person.
Thor is a film producer who is focused on the issue of human rights. One of his best-known works of art is Freedom’s Fury and he is currently working on The Moon is a Harsh Mistress which is an adaptation of a Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction novel. It is hard to remove Thor from his human rights advocacy because it informs all of his work. Since March 2004, Thor Halvorssen has been on the Board of Advisers for FIRE, which is a human rights movement that is working around the world to fight for freedom of choice and freedom from tyranny.
In 2009, Halvorssen founded Oslo Freedom Forum, which is a global gathering and participation of human rights activist from around the world. Oslo Freedom Forum has even been called the “Gathering of Heroes” by news editorials around the world. The main goal is to make sure that the agenda of human rights is not being brushed off or put to the side. There are too many people that are suffering from various human rights abuses, Thor Halvorssen wants to make sure that voices are being heard from inside the struggles.
The Children’s Peace Movement is also a project near and dear to Thor. He is always looking to expand his role in human rights initiatives, especially those involving children. There is also a documentary that has been produced that speaks to the involvement of children in human-trafficking that helps in the Children’s Peace Movement.
Other works that Thor has been credited with as producer are Indoctrinate U, Hammer & Tickle,and The Sugar Babies. The topics ranged from documentary on the left-wing anti-intellectual movement to human-trafficking. The horrors of human crises seems to be an overwhelming concern for Thor. It is possible that as the need for such information is being written by others and produced by Thor Halvorssen, many of these issues will start enlisting champions willing to fight alongside others already in the fight.
The Venezuelan human rights advocate, Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza, was born on 9th March 1976. He is also a film producer and contributes significantly to public interests, public policy, pro-democracy advocacy as well as individual rights and civil liberties. Currently, Mr. Halvorssen is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum. He is the president of a company committed to the rights and freedom of humans worldwide. Additionally, he is the Patron of, On Own Feet, which is a children’s peace movement based in Czech. Last but not least, Thor is the founder of Moving Picture Institute.
Thor Halvorssen began supporting human rights as an adolescent in 1989 where he organized opposition to the South Africa apartheid while in London. His background was Venezuelan and Norwegian. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela, and his mother was shot during a political protest, and that is when Thor decided to be fully involved. Watch Video Here .
He then founded Human Rights Foundation (HRF) which was based in New York. The primary objective of the foundation is liberating all political prisoners as well as promoting democracy and tolerance in Latin America regions. So far HRF has secured seven prisoners’ release, published two books based on individual rights and responsibility of the state. Additionally, he has given evidence to Truth Commissions as well as submitted amicus in mandates in cases that are based on human rights.
Mr. Halvorssen’s latest film produced is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress that is a science fiction. He has also co-produced Freedom’s Fury which is based on a story of the uprising against the dictatorship that was in Hungary in 1956. He also produced Hammer & Tickle exclusively that relies on humor, satire, and ridicule. The jokes are a code used to disconnect reality from propaganda and, therefore, resisting the system regardless of freedom of speech. Other films produced by Mr. Halvorssen include The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies and 2081.
Halvorssen has been honored the Sol Feinstone Award by the president of the University of Pennsylvania for protecting the speech of students.The Romanian leader Emil Constantinescu honored him with a presidential silver medal in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Romanian Revolution of the year 1989.