Human rights activist Thor Halvorssen works tirelessly to relieve human suffering around the world. As founder of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) he has been involved in promoting basic human freedoms especially in closed and dictatorial governments. His latest efforts have been focused on North Korea.
HRF focuses on human rights issues that other activist organizations like Amnesty International often overlook. It focuses its resources on dictatorships rather than spending a great deal of effort on democratic societies like the United States. Thor believes that while countries like the United States could improve, they are not in need of a major overhaul.
Thor is not afraid of getting his hands dirty and frequently puts himself at risk in his efforts to save others. He recalls an occasion where he sneaked into a closed monastery in China after the occupant had been on house arrest for the last 28 years. He and his assistant were arrested by the government when they tried to leave. Thor earned his freedom back after he convinced the officers that he had gone inside for spiritual counseling. Thor often goes out into the field himself to get the work done. His visits over the years have placed him on hit lists of various governments. This does not daunt him but instead makes him feel more empowered than ever.
Thor Halvorssen does not approach the issue of human rights from merely an academic perspective. His own family has suffered greatly at the hands of dictators around the world. His father spent years as a political prisoner. His mother was murdered by the Venezuelan government while peacefully demonstrating against the current Supreme Leader. His first cousin currently suffers in prison for alleged crimes stemming from political activities that democratic countries like the United States would deem perfectly legal.
Thor Halvorssen has been influential in the private sector as well. He successfully lobbied Lucent Technologies to stop producing products essentially manufactured with slave labor in countries like China. He spearheads the HRF and promotes its funding by soliciting private donations from inherently free countries like Great Britain. He promotes peaceful interracial political activities in poor countries through the Children’s Peace Movement. Thor always seeks new opportunities to promote peace and eliminate global human suffering.
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