In an article that was published in The Weekly Standard, Thor Halvorsen gives insight into what makes him tick and why he is driven both day and night to fight for basic human rights that have been withheld from individuals in countries that are led by dictators and other unscrupulous leaders that suppress the people to attain power. He himself has been touched personally by oppressive governments.
Thor Halvorssen is the Human Rights Foundation president. He created the foundation in 2005 and has incorporated the help of talented individuals throughout the world. Thor is a descendant of the first president of Venezuela on his mother’s side, and his Grandfather was Norway’s counsel to the king during WWII. He managed to divert the king’s maritime vessels to the ports in Venezuela when Nazi Germany invaded Norway.
Both of Thor’s parents were activists in their own right. In fact, his mother was shot by Hugo Chavez men during a protest in Venezuela. He himself had to free his father when he was taken as a political prisoner when he spoke up against unethical problems with the government. Thor even has a cousin that is still a prisoner in Venezuela.
Thor takes somewhat extreme measures at times to give help to those in remote areas. According to The Atlantic, Thor Halvorssen has even gone undercover to gain access to those being held captive. In some cases, he has had close calls and has even been beaten.
Although he has had those incidents he still maintains his determination to help people have basic human rights. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen
He even has created an event that is held annually in Norway that lasts for one week. The convention is the chance for those that are involved in furthering human rights to meet and create connections with others from all over the world.