Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation. Their motto is “Don’t just talk, roll up you sleeves and get dirty”. Halvorssen is half Norwegian and half Venezuelan, the country in which he was raised. His grandfather Oystein, was the Norwegian King’s Counsel in Venezuela during World War 11. But, when Germany invaded Norway Oystein rerouted all of Norway vessels to the Venezuelan Port. His mother has a direct birth line to the first President of Venezuela.
Thor Halvorssen knows a lot about human rights. He was responsible for bringing to light the corruption that existed in the Venezuelan Government where he worked as a drug czar. His father was once abused in a Caracas prison and, his mother was shot while she demonstrated against Hugo Chavez regime. Today one of his cousins is still incarcerated there.
Halvorssen is not afraid to take a stand against corruption as he fights for the rights of all individuals. In 2010 when he visited Thich Quang, the head of the Buddhist Church in Ho Chin Minh City, he was held by the authorities and was beaten. In order to obtain his release, he told them he was a Buddhist; although he is known for being a Roman Catholic. His cameraman who escaped had to conceal the video card on his body where it could not be found.
He calls himself a Classical Liberal. Halvorssen is not one to discuss the political agenda of anyone that work with him. He just wants to know that they are on the same page and, that is to get rid of all the atrocity that plagues the world today. He hates dictators. He and his staff work tirelessly with people who live in authoritarian countries and political prisoners in all areas of the world.
Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza, who is known as Thor Halvorssen, was born on March 9, 1996. He also a graduate of the University of Pennslyvania. Besides being the Human Rights Founder and the organization’s President which is devoted to worldwide human basic right and freedom, he is also a filmmaker and the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum. His tireless work has gained him some high praise from a number of Newspapers globally.