The world remembers Thor Halvorssen for his active participation in defending human rights and supporting the justice system in a bid to promote peace and unity. Thor, a native of Venezuela, schooled at the great University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with class and honors, having majored in Political Science. Thor’s quest for political justice and human rights activism cropped from his father’s imprisonment and mother’s shooting. To get justice for them, he capitalized on participating in facilitating human rights for the people of Venezuela.
Thor’s passion for defending human rights is evident when in 1999; he was the cheerleader of a campaign dubbed Lucent Technologies. The campaign’s initiative was to curb anti-slavery. The meeting’s agenda was to prove that the production of Lucent’s brands was not dependent on slave labor. Statistics showed that China imprisoned approximately 8 million men and women for work in factories, industries, and other facilities. Thor represented the slaves by campaigning for the introduction and implementation of a labor policy.
Human Rights Foundation
Following his enthusiasm for justice, Thor founded Human Rights Foundation with its headquarter in the city of New York. The foundation focused on championing the real definition of justice for the people. It centered on the concept of justice, freedom, and self determination. It was incorporated in 2005. Human Rights Foundation was headed by a council of human rights activists like Mart Laar and Elle Wiesel. As the cheerleader of Human Rights Foundation, Thor consistently lobbied for the freeing of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political prisoner. He supported the United Nations initiative to take in hand the frustrations of Chinese regarding Uyghur rights.
Thor’s work extended to film production. He produced a science fiction film on Robert A. Heinlein. Additionally, he was the co-producer of Freedom’s Furry, a movie that illuminated the life of human rights activists. The film castigated dictatorship in Hungary. He used his film talent in film production to explain the importance of freedom to the world.
Born in Venezuela in 1976, Thor Halvorssen bridged the gap between justice and humanity. He was a human rights advocate who committed to fighting for freedom. He contributed to the growth of public policy, individual rights and public interest policy. He championed the weak and powerless.