Human Rights Foundation, an organization, based in New York was launched in 2005 by its President and founder Thor Halvorssen. Thor is half Norwegian and half Venezuelan and was born and raised in Caracas. His background is of heads of State and adventurers. Oystein who was Thor’s paternal grandfather served as a King’s Counsel in Venezuela during the world war two. When the Germans invaded Oystien home, he abstracted all the Norway’s merchant convoy to the port in Venezuela. Thor’s mother originated from the first president of Venezuela, Cristobal Mendoza and the military leader who assisted the Latin America’s independence from Spain Simon “The Liberator” Bolivar. Working and helping in the humanitarian sector is something that runs in Thor’s family, and it is not a point of discussion when it comes to serves for humanity.
Thor’s family has suffered while fighting for human rights, his father was jailed and tortured after exposing the government’s corruption while working as a drug czar in Venezuela. On the other hand, his mother was shot in an anti-Hugo Chavez protest. Even his extended family has been in the frontline in fighting corruption as Leopoldo Lopez his first cousin and a known continuous challenger of the Chavista administration, is currently jailed in a Venezuelan prison. Thor is very committed as a social activist, and he says he loves people and humanity and he considers himself a “classic liberal.”Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human right activist who was born on March 9, 1976. Thor is also a film producer, and his significant contribution is in the public interest advocacy, individual rights and civil liberties, public policy, as well as pro-democracy advocacy. Through his efforts to fight for humanity, Thor founded Oslo Freedom Forum a movement that is described as a human rights festivals. He is also the President of the Human Rights Foundation which is an organization that is committed to fighting for human freedom and their rights in general.
His love and passion for humanity have seen him hold leadership posts in organizations dealing with fighting for human freedom. Thor is the Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement, the foundation of Moving Pictures Institute and On Own Feet. In May 2010 he purchased the customarily Norwegian News Magazine NyTid. He is also a protector of students’ speech activity that saw him being honored by the University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin. At Present Thor is producing a film “the moon is a harsh mistress” by Bryan Singer which is an adoption of Robert Heinlein.