Thor Halvorssen has dedicated his lie to fighting oppressive dictators around the globe and standing up for the human rights. As the founder of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), he has now set his sights on North Korea.
The ironically named Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been ruled by the Kim family for more than 70 years. Currently, the country is under the despotic rule of Kim Jong Un and has suffered through one of the worst famines in history.
Halvorssen and HRF are doing their part to draw more attention to the atrocities that are taking place and to empower the citizens as much as they can. Along with groups of Korean defectors, he has conducted “hackathons” in the country for some time now.
These groups, with the help of Halvorssen, have come up with ingenious ways to smuggle clandestine products and information into the country. These efforts include using giant slingshots to fire contraband over a river from China.
When the Hermit Kingdom expressed its disapproval of the film The Interview and launched a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, it was Thor Halvorssen and the HRF who launched a “Hack Them Back” protest that they hoped would raise one million dollars that they would give to defector groups who are on the front lines in fighting the repressive Kim government.
Thor Halvorssen grew up in an activist household. His parents were both anti-Chavez activists in Venezuela, where Halvorssen was born. His father spent time in prison after exposing government corruption and his mother was shot during an anti-Chaves protest.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded in 2005 and has at is sole purpose the protection of human rights for all citizens across the globe, with a focus on closed societies like North Korea. Halvorssen and company will continue the fight against Kim Jong Un and other tyrants until they are relegated to the dustbin of history.