Thor Halvorssen’s Fight for Human Rights

February 26, 2017

Halvorssen is a human rights activist and advocate who comes from Venezuela. He is the founder and CEO of human rights foundation, which has spearheaded human rights parity throughout the world. The Foundation is entirely devoted to liberating political prisoners and promoting tolerance and democracy in Latin America. The Human Rights Foundation has had a myriad of achievements, the most known being fighting successfully for the release of seven prisoners of conscience.

Apart from that, they have provided evidence to Truth Commissions, had Amicus briefs in major international human rights cases and published two books on individual rights and responsibilities.Thor’s fight for human rights is thought to draw its motivation from his family’s background. His father was arrested and lived as a political prisoner for many years. During this time, he was beaten and almost murdered in prison before his charges were dropped and he was freed. His mother was mistreated and shot during a riot to fight for human rights; the gunmen were, however, arrested and sentenced. It is not surprising that Thor Halvorssen organized great opposition to the South African apartheid form of ruling. He also initialized campaign of Lucent Technologies as he appealed for creation of antislavery labor policy in china.Thor founded the Olso Freedom Forum, an annual festival held to advocate for human rights. He is also the patron of the Prague based children’s Peace movement that allows relations between kids and teenagers in Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, Slovakia and Norway.

Halvorssen’s achievements in filming are uncountable. He has produced several feature films and documentaries on human freedom and rights; one of the famous films include ‘Freedom’s Fury’. Currently, Thor is working on the adaptation of Robert A: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. He won the best new Documentary Film at Zurich Film Festival with the film Hammer and Tickle, which ridicules the absence of free speech. As a way to make people aware of their rights, he has produced ‘Sugar Babies’, which is on human trafficking in the Dominican Republic, and a documentary ‘Indoctrinate U’ focusing on bias in universities and colleges. Thor boasts of producing the most successful documentary film in Estonian box office history, ‘The Singing Revolution’, which describes Estonia’s peaceful struggle for independence from the Soviet Union.

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