Human Rights Foundation Founder Thor Halvorssen Brings His Skills to Many Different Campaigns
Thor Halvorssen has spent a large amount of his adult life campaigning for the rights of others around the world who are not permitted to live a free and democratic life. Born in Venezuela into an important political family, Thor initially became involved with Amnesty International when his own father was illegally imprisoned in his native Venezuela for 74 days; Thor has not limited his activism career to campaigns he has a personal interest in, but has instead looked to develop campaigns that will have the biggest effect on as many people as possible.11)
After working with Amnesty International to head the campaign that secured the freedom of his father, Thor Halvorssen began working to help as many people as he could in being awarded their basic human rights. Halvorssen came to the attention of the public and his fellow human rights activists when he staged a protest during a shareholder meeting for Lucent Technologies, a company Thor and his fellow protestors believed were using Chinese slave labor to produce their range of products.
In his work in the human rights field Thor worked with many of the world’s best known activism groups, such as the Foundation for Human Rights In Education in a bid to make an impact on the lives of the majority of people in the world. Thor has praised the work completed by many of the world’s top groups and also been critical of a growing focus on human rights in democratic countries, which he believes allows his own Human Rights Foundation to work on abuses committed in closed societies around the world. Pointing to the work completed by human rights groups in the U.S. and western Europe into conditions in prison systems Thor explains this is important research that must be completed; however, Thor also believes the plight of people in closed societies, such as North Korea should be the focus of the majority of human rights activists around the world. Halvorssen keeps the pressure on tyrants around the world by working with dissidents crossing closed borders to bring news both in and out of countries across the globe.