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.