Thor HalVorsen’s background check
Halvorsen was born in Caracas in 1976, and he hails from a family of leaders. His mother is a descendant of the first Venezuela president Cristobal Mendoza while his paternal grandfather Oystein was the consul of the Norwegian King during the World War II. He began advocating for human rights as an adolescent back in 1989 when he organized opposition to apartheid in South Africa. Apart from being a global human rights activist, Mr Halvorsen is also a film producer and an actor and is known for films such as 2081.
How Thor Halvorsen rose to fame
He was key in ensuring the release of his father after he was imprisoned without a rightful conviction. After his mother had been shot in a political protest in 2004, Thor Halvorsen founded Human Rights Foundation, an organization that is exceptionally vocal against human trafficking, dictatorship, slavery and all forms of democracy threats. His profound engagement in the convoluted and mostly frowned upon politics have continually put him in innumerable conflicts. His New York–based Human Rights Foundation’s key agenda is to battle abusive governments around the world. The organization stops at nothing to ensure that they achieve their goal whether that implies removing activists from their nations or campaigning for freedom of political detainees.
The Oslo Freedom Forum
Thor Halvorsen is also the brains behind the formation of the Oslo Freedom Forum. It was founded in 2009 and was meant to be a one-off event, but it has taken place annually since then. It was created based on the fact that in as much as everyone has a right to live and be free of political oppression, that right does not always defend itself. Its main objective is to bring together notable people from the world over so that they can exchange ideas on human rights, their reforms and at the same time expose dictators. Oslo Freedom Forum continues to receive immense media coverage, with the Wired Magazine suggesting that, “if the global human rights movement were to create its unified representative body, it would look something like this”.