Thor Halvorssen: The Humanitarian and the FIlm Producer

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen is a human activist that also doubles as a film producer. He is the President of the Human Rights Foundation whose aim is to protect and champion for human rights. The organization was founded in 2005. He is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum which hold annual global conferences where worldwide humanitarians converge and discuss on how to push on human rights.

Leonardo Halsorssen was born on March 9, 1976 in Venezuela. He is related to Cristobal Mendoza who was the first president of Venezuela. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with concurrent degrees in History and Political Science.

The calling to fight for human rights started at an early age. When Halvorssen was in university, he once led a protest demanding the release of his father who had been arrested on allegations of money laundering when he was working as an undercover detective. Halvorssen protests proved to be successful as his father was cleared of all allegations against him.

In 1999, Halvorssen led a campaign against a Chinese Company Lucent Technologies after there were claims that the company used slave labor to reduce its cost of production. The Chinese company had been accused of holding up to 8 million people across its 1100 operational facilities against their will. Some of them were underage children.

Thor Halvorssen has contributed columns to many dailies. One famous example was an article that he wrote for The Wall Street Journal after his mother had been shot at by police while she was taking part in a demonstration back in their home country. It was after his mother’s shooting that Halvorssen got inspired to start the Human Rights Foundation to try and prevent such human rights abuse from happening again.

Away from activism, Halvorssen has been involved in the production of several films. Some of the films include: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Freedom’s Fury, Hammer & Tickle, etc. Halvorssen is also involved in children’s charity where he acts as the patron of On Own Feet, a children’s peace movement.

December 24, 2016

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