Thor Halvorsen remains the most passionate, polarized yet dedicated human rights activist of the twenty-first century. The forty-one old is the founder of New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and Oslo Freedom Forum which consists of activists whose aim is to expose, condemn and criticize the oppressive governments and regimes across the world. He is fearless in his quest to ensure the rise of democracy, human rights, and individual freedom. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania graduating with an undergraduate and a graduate degree in political science and history with honors.
The Caracas-raised activist has a Norwegian and Venezuelan descent and a broad scope of knowledge in the field of human rights and civil liberties. He comes from a family that treasures individual freedom and human rights. His family’s legacy traces back to his grandfather Oystein, a Norwegian king counsel during the World War II and the man who made great sacrifices and dedication towards ensuring that Latin America got its independence from Spain. Click here to watch video.
His father got tortured in a Caracas prison, and his mother died from a bullet shot during a demonstration. His cousin, who challenged the Chavista regime, became a prisoner of war. As such, his dedication to the field of human rights cannot be taken to be merely theoretical. His love for the people inspires his actions, and he goes to great lengths to protect them from tyrannies.
Mr Thor is a classical liberal and a great supporter of the works of John Stuart Mills who speaks up against discriminative and anti- communist leaders and dictators across the world. Recently, Human Right Foundations Oslo Freedom Forum has become internationally renowned and attracted sponsors from around the globe. Some of their donors include PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Serjey Brin, Google’s co-founder.
Thor Halvorsen has delivered lectures involving human rights at Harvard Law School, American Enterprise Institute and the United Nations Association in New York. He has also aired his views on the matter in the British parliament. He is the patron of a Czech–based Children’s Peace Movement.