Thor Halvorssen loves people, and at a very young age, he has been involved in human right advocacy. Mr. Thor grew up in a family where fighting and standing for the right of others was there everyday task and right. Thor was born in 1972, and he came from a royal family. His mother was a descendant of the Venezuelan first President while his father was a Venezuelan Ambassador for anti-narcotics affair. Thor parents were also a human right activist. His father died in a Venezuelan prison, while his mother was shot dead during a demonstration.
After his High School graduation, Thor attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in political science and history. Mr. Halvorssen is the President and the founder of Human Rights Foundation, a group that has a mandate of advocating for human rights all over the world. Human Rights Foundation is located in New York, and since its inception, it has released more than seven prisoners. Thor Halvorssen has also founded several other organizations including Oslo Freedom which can well be described as a remarkable human rights festival which is on the way to becoming a human right equivalent to Davos Economic Forum. Oslo Freedom Forum is organized each year.
Thor Halvorssen is very passionate about personal advocacy, and he has also produced films related to what he loves doing. His films focus on public policy, public interest support, individual rights, and civil freedoms. He is also a leader who over the years has been recognized for his effective leadership skills. Thor is the Patron of Czech-based Children’s peace movement, on Own feet, he has also established Moving Pictures Institute. Thor is a go-getter, and recently he bought Ny Tid which is Norwegian news magazine.Thor has been showing continuous efforts which have given human opportunity to receive awards and recognition including being honored by the University of Pennsylvanian President Judith Rodin for his efforts to protect students’ speech. He was awarded the Sol Feinstone Award.In 2010 he was given a presidential silver medal in honor of commemorating the Romanian Revolution 10th Anniversary. Emil Constantinescu, a Romanian leader, presented the award to Thor. Thor is a fighter whose success is based on others peace of mind and rights.