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ThroHalvorssen’s Active Heart

When it comes human rights, it takes a lot more than just talking about issues to resolve the problem. Action eventually has to be taken. However, it can’t be just any type of action. It has to be a well thought out and planned action that would be effective for the issue. As of right now, the people that are fighting for human rights are the activists. However, in order to be a good activist, one has to be willing to get dirty and take some punishment. After all, tyranny is fierce and vicious. Appropriate action needs to be taken.

Among the activists that are more action oriented is Thor Halvorssen. Halvorssen is an activist who goes way beyond theoretical knowledge. He is someone who has experienced the problems with human rights violations. He is working hard with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in order to take down the tyrants around the globe. He has shown so much passion towards human rights activism that he has founded his own organization called the Human Rights Foundation. This is where he and a few others take on the issues throughout the globe in order to create a more humane society for people all throughout the globe.

Thor Halvorssen makes it clear that he loves humanity and people. He avoids falling into that mindset of hating people. After all, if one has a truly negative mindset about people, then he is not going to be all that effective in the fight for human rights. He is also someone who takes care of his appearance so that he could more easily reach people. He is also not the first in his line to fight against government corruption and human rights violations. His father and mother have also fought the battles against horrid conditions.

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A Gladiator of the Downtrodden: Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorrsen has been making rounds in the political arena of many countries with his belligerent stand against authoritarians and tyrants across the globe. The founder and current president of Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Thor has been instrumental in voicing human rights violations and promoting liberal democracy across the globe.

Coming from a family of activists, Mr Thor is no secret to courting controversies. He is half-Venezuelan and half-Norwegian, Thor’s paternal grandfather Oystein, was the Norwegian king’ s adviser in Venezuela when World War II was at its peak and has directed Norway’s shipping fleets to Venezuela when the Germans invaded Norway. Thor’s mother, on the other hand, is the direct descendant of the first president of Venezuela, Cristobal Mendoza who was responsible in helping the country win its independence from Spain. Thor seems to have surely taken the activist’s blood from his lineage.

HRF has its presence in many countries and has helped countless people with advocacy campaigns over the years. Thor himself has been bloodied and bruised for great causes. An incident in 2010 where he was jailed and detained without further notice when he and his cameraman interviewed the founding father of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam,ThichQuang Do who has been placed under house arrest for the past 28 years. Thor and his partner had snuck the taped video card in their rectum to get the tape out of the police’s hands. This only goes to show that neither Thor nor his organization is willing to get their hands dirty for a cause.

Halvorssen has been accused of being a right-winger for his sheer disdain and criticism of left-wing Latin American dictatorships and receiving of funding from conservative foundations which he adamantly refuses to be called. He terms himself more as a classic liberal from the John Stuart Miller tradition.

About Thor Halvorssen

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza is the full name of Thor Halvorssen. Born on March 6, 1976, he took to advocating human rights from an early age. His first stint came when he was still and adolescent who organized the opposition to South African Apartheid in the year 1989. Thor took to promoting human rights as a full-time job after his father was made a political prisoner in Venezuela.

The founding of HRF bears a special place in his heart and was founded soon after his mother was shot in a political protest in the year 2004. His organization is committed to promoting democracy and tolerance all around the world. Thor is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual global gathering of human rights activist.