Born March 9, 1976 in Venezuela, Thor Halvorssen became one of the most active persons who stand up for what they believed. He was one who took protecting human rights to the next level. In fact, Thor Halvorssen has accomplished many goals during his human rights activist career which many across the world are very appreciative of. Before becoming an activist, Thor attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied Political Science as well as History. After completing his course at the University, Mr. Halvorssen graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
In 1999 Halvorrssen became the first executive director and chief executive officer of the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education also known as FIRE. After some time, Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human rights advocate, film producer and founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum. Mr. Halvorssen is president of the Human Rights Foundation which is an organization committed to global human rights and freedom.
As a result to receiving higher education, his knowledge containing the rights of humans expanded even more. After revealing some sensitive information about the government while working as Venezuelas drug czar, his father was tortured in a Caracas prison and shortly after that his mother was shot during an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration. Thor has made it known, nationally, that he love people who are mostly dissidents and defectors that stir up trouble by challenging authoritarians and standing up against tyranny.
According to weeklystandard.com, Thor Halvorssen had Vaclav Havel serve as HRF’s chairman until he passed away in 2011. After Havel, Thor replaced him with Garry Kasparov, a Russian chess grandmaster and political activist. In 2012, Kasparov decided to participate in a protest pertaining to the guilty verdict of the Pussy Riot. The Pussy Riot entailed a Moscow punk band that was sentenced to two years in prison for singing an anti-Putin song which was a crime. While participating in the protest, Garry Kasparov was punched repeatedly by Russian Police. Thor Halvorssen had also experienced assault for the cause as well.
Mr. Thor Halvorssen has also done things to protect our children from illegal labor laws and much more.