Thor Halvorssen is the president and founder of the Human Rights Foundation, which is an organization that is based in New York and was launched in 2005. Thor was born and raised in Caraccas and saw firsthand what it is like to have one’s human rights placed in jeopardy.
Thor’s father was thrown into prison after he exposed the corruption of Venezuela’s drug czar. His father was also tortured while in prison. Thor’s mother was shot during an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration. Fortunately, she survived. Thor believes that individual liberty and human rights are not privileges. They are rights.
Thor has stated that he loves people and has gone the extra mile to support his cause. He has even put his own personal freedom in jeopardy to fight for others. In 2010, Thor traveled with to Ho Chi Minh City to interview ThichQuang Do, who is the patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. Thich’s church had been banned, and he had spent the last 28 years on house arrest.
Thor refers to himself as a classic liberal even though some consider him a conservative. The Human Rights Foundation hosts the Oslo Freedom Forum. It is considered a can’t miss event for people who are interested in human rights. It has also attracted the attention of many famous people, including Paypal’s founder, Peter Thiel. Click here to know more.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and history. He graduated with honors. Thor is focused on human trafficking, threats to democracy, slavery and other threats to human rights.
Before Thor started the Human Rights Foundation, he was involved in other organizations that promoted human rights. In 1999, he became the chief executive officer of the Foundation For Individual Rights In Education. He has also been involved with The Eagle Forum, Feminists For Free Expression and The Heritage Foundation.