Recognized by his birth name, Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza and popularly known as Thor Halvorssen was born 1976 in Venezuela. He is a famous human rights advocate and film producer who is known for his courageous and determined fight against human rights violations all over the world. He has greatly contributed to fields such as public policy, public interest advocacy, individual rights, civil liberties and pro-democracy advocacy. His work and efforts have been greatly praised by international media such as the New York Times, which has described him as a maverick.
Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum, which is an annual human-rights festival. He is the current president of the Human Rights Foundation, a non-governmental organization devoted to champion for global human rights and freedom. He is also the founder of Moving Picture Institute, and he is involved with Children’s Peace Movement in Czech as a and On Own Feet. As a film producer, he has worked on various films that spread the message of human rights and freedoms. His latest film work is the adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
The Human Rights Foundation also initialized as (HRF) is a global nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that strives to promote and protect human rights and majorly focuses on closed societies, founded in 2005. The HRF unites people from all over the world in the common goal of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy across the world. The main mission of the Human Rights Foundation is to ensure that freedom and rights of people, even the weak and marginalized is both preserved and promoted by their governments around the world.
The Human Rights Foundation works on the basis of the founding ideals of the human rights movement that was represented in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which nearly all countries in the world are signatories. They also fight against oppressive and dictatorial regimes in countries that lack democracy, or the so-called democracy is controlled by the powerful few. The seek to preserve the freedom and right of, to and from – as applicable – self-determination, speech and expression, worship in the manner of their choice, association, acquire and dispose of property, leave and enter their countries, equal treatment and due process under law, participate in the government of their countries, arbitrary detainment or exile, slavery and torture and interference, coercion in matters of conscience among other rights and freedoms.