Thor Halvorssen is a film producer and human rights advocate. He started advocating for human rights as a young person in 1989 in London by planning resistance to the South Africa apartheid. His background can be traced in Norway and Venezuela. His father imprisonment in Venezuela triggered Thor Halvorssen to become full time involved in promotion and advocacy of human rights. In 2004, his mother was shot during a political protest, and Halvorssen founded New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF).The HRF is dedicated to liberating political prisoners and promoting democracy and tolerance in Latin America. Since Halvorssen started this foundation, they have secured the release of seven inmates of conscience; published two books on state responsibilities and individual rights and submitted amicus finding in major worldwide human right cases.
Mr. Halvorssen is also the CEO and founder of the Oslo freedom forum. This is an annual gathering that is transformative as the world’s most engaging artists, human rights advocates, world leaders and technology entrepreneurs meet. They share their stories and experience and brainstorm measures to expand freedom and unleash human potential around the globe. Halvorssen is also the sponsor of the Patron of the Prague-based Children’s Peace Movement; On Own Feet.
Mr. Halvorssen has a long experience in human rights advocacy, and he has accomplished several things. He has been able to put together worldwide human rights organizations that have brought people from different background together and share their experience. He has faced criticism and threats as he advocates for human rights, but his ambitions have not been deterred by these threats.
Apart from being a human rights advocate, Halvorssen is also a known film producer. He has used these skills to make contributions to civil liberties, public policies and individual rights. He is a big contributor to making television programs and publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC, HBO, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, Fox News and Al Jazeera. His films have also been featured in several film festivals. The Freedom Fury which documents the uprising against a dictatorship that was witnessed in the 1960s is one of his best film productions.