The issue of human rights is not one that generally receives a large level of coverage in media channels around the world, but high profile human rights activist Thor Halvorssen is looking to change this with a move towards high profile coverage in any way shape or form. Halvorssen believes all publicity is positive if it is highlighting the problems facing those trapped in closed societies around the world; the man who describes himself as a classical liberal has taken his cause of fighting for human rights to media channels of all political persuasions in his bid to educate people about this issue across the world.
The success Thor Halvorssen has achieved with his colleagues at the Human Rights Foundation has been achieved with only a small, dedicated team of human rights experts fighting for political prisoners to be released from the group’s New York offices. Thor Halvorssen has explained his decision to become involved in the human rights activism community came after his own family were personally affected by the problem and created his desire to become involved in the work he has completed in recent years.
Thor began his journey into human rights activism after his mother was shot by government agents during an opposition protest in the family’s native Venezuela, and saw his own father kidnapped and tortured by law enforcement officials in the country after uncovering evidence of widespread corruption. Halvorssen set out on a period of activism that began during his teenage years when he began fighting for the rights of people held in China and forced to work as slaves for major global corporations; after a period of working with some of the world’s most important activists Halvorssen set out on his own and formed the Human Rights Foundation. The work of Thor Halvorssen follows in a long tradition of his family members fighting for the rights of others dating back to his paternal Grandfather physically stopping invading Nazi officers from seizing control of the Norwegian Merchant Navy during World War II.