The Origins Of The Humans Rights Foundation
In 2004, Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation. As native of Venezuela Halvorssen has experienced his fair share of oppression at the hand of dictators. Through his leadership of the Human Rights Foundation, he works to make sure that no one else must suffer through this pain. Initially he operated the Human Rights Foundation from America and focused on just a few countries. Now, Halvorssen operates around the world and tackles everything from censorship to persecution of minority groups.
Putting Everything On The Line
The line of work Halvorssen is involved in puts his life in danger constantly. Authoritarian states do not want to contend with the sort of challenges that are presented when activists encourage people to fight for the freedom and hold their governments accountable. At one point he was even arrested for his actions. During the filming of a documentary in Vietnam, Halvorssen was arrested by authorities. Although he was able to convince the Vietnamese government that he was simply trying to convert to Buddhism, the experience still stands as an example of the dangers he faces as a part of his job.
Making The Impact Global
Halvorssen works hard to make a difference in the world, and that means he focuses on finding ways to spread his message and attract supporters. Recently, he has focused his efforts on the Oslo Freedom Forums. Originating in his father’s homeland of Norway, the freedom forums are a place where activists around the world can meet up with each other and formulate exactly how to create more open societies. The Human Rights foundation is currently approaching its 13th anniversary. In such a relatively short amount of time Thor Halvorssen has had a profound impact on the world.