When North Korean hackers attacked Sony for their production of the Interview, a movie mocking the dictator of the DPRK, Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation wasn’t going to sit by idly.
Instead, Halvorssen gathered up his team to conduct an air-raid of sorts to bring anti-regime propaganda and money to those suffering under the horrific dictatorship in North Korea.
A report in the Weekly Standard follows the entire process. The team enters into South Korea already with threats to their lives. Near the North Korean border, Halvorssen and his team release large balloons carrying goods designed to be dropped in the DPRK for it’s oppressed citizens.
A GPS tracker later reveals that the balloons were redirected south. According to the Weekly Standard report, Halvorssen immediately began brainstorming about using drones.
Before returning home, Thor Halvorssen visits a television station in Seoul, Channel A, where he stresses the importance of fighting for the DPRK’s freedom and challenges all citizens of South Korea to not be scared of the leaders of North Korea and to stand up and fight for the rights and freedom of their neighboring countrymen.
Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Right’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights in the most violated places in the world.
Before founding the HR Foundation, Halvorssen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania focusing on History and Political Science, both for which he graduated with a Bachelor and Masters Degree.
The HR Foundation was established in 2005 and is based in New York. Halvorssen himself is half-Norwegian and half-Venezuelan. Being the son of a Venezuelan mother, Halvorssen was born in Caracas and raised there for a good portion of his life. He speaks fluent English and Spanish.
Halvorssen is more than a human rights activist as he has several first-hand experiences in the matter. Both his parents were killed in violation of human rights. His mother, a descendant of both Simón Bolívar and Cristóbal Mendoza was fatally shot during a demonstration against Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen’s father worked under Carlos Andrés Pérez as the Ambassador for Anti-Narcotic Affairs. He was eventually imprisoned and tortured during an investigation of the Medellin drug cartel. Halvorssen, aided by Amnesty International, was eventually able to gain his father’s release, free of all charges. Also, Halvorssen’s cousin, Leopoldo Lopez is currently imprisoned in Caracas.
Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.theatlantic.com/author/thor-halvorssen/