Thor Halvorssen is starting to gain some momentum and notoriety, as a man who fully supports the cause he is campaigning for. Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, and organization that is dedicated to championing against human rights violations accross the globe.
Halvorssen is so dedicated and so tireless in his pursuit to end tyranny and the human rights violations they commit that he has been branded a “troublemaker for tyrants”. Halvorssen has a long history of advocating for human rights, and is partly because of his personal and family history. The 39 year old Halvorssen, is half Norwegian and half Venezualan. He was born and raised in Caracass. His mother was decendand from Venzuala’s first president Crystobal Mendoza, as well as Simon “The Liberator” Bolivar, but it is not his just his linage that makes him so passionate.
Born and raised in Caracas, he knows first hand what kind of human rights violations occur when living under a dictatorship. Halvorssen’s father was taken as a political prisoner when he was a young boy, and his mother was shot during a protest for her beliefs. He also has experienced the shortages, power outages, and long lines for essential services that many Venezuelan’s are subject to.
Thor Halvorssen is said to be so dedicated to the cause that he supports that he spends all of his time on the road, and barely takes a break to sleep or eat. He is more concerned about spending every bit of his time and energy fighting for the cause that he believes in. His foundation has been effective, too.
In 2012, Gary Kasparov, chess champion and then chairman of HRF was arrested during a protest after Pussy Riot, an all female punk band was arrested for the crime of singing an anti-Putin song. HRF did not single handedly get the women released, but the widespread attention they received after the protests did not hurt.
Halvorssen himself is not afraid of getting involved either. He and a cameraman interviewed Thich Quang Do, the patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, whose church had been banned. As reward for his trouble, Halvorssen was attacked and beaten, but he has never been deterred from his cause.
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