Not many people really follow up on initiatives that are for the good of the society and most especially crusading for social justice. Thor Havlorssen is one person that has always had the interests of social justice at heart. The half Norwegian and Half Mexican has been involved in causes that support and fight for human rights. He has even established the Human Rights Foundation, which is based in New York.
There are many factors that led to Thor becoming the activist that he is today. When he was a young boy, he witnessed his father getting beaten and arrested for protesting about corruption in the government. Another event that shaped his future was the shooting of his mother, who had been among a group of peaceful demonstrators in Caracas. When the people behind the shooting were arrested, they were sentenced to five years, of which they served only a few months. These are the events that made him realize that there were a lot of things wrong with the society and hence the decision to make change.
Mr. Thor started out with a few correspondents to his cause from all over the world. However, his influence has now grown to include people from all the countries and his annual event is now being dubbed the most important human rights convention of the year. There is a number of times that he has been involved in several controversies that are connected to his human rights activities. He was at one time arrested in Vietnam when reporting about inmates’ mistreatment.
One of the things that he says is that he loves humanity. He also likes to say that the only thing that makes his respect people is if they are fighting the same cause. He is quite the inspiration to people in the world of human rights activism.
There are many people that claim to be defenders and crusaders of human rights. However, not many of them are ready to do everything that it takes to ensure that every human is treated with dignity regardless of their color, wealth or other conditions of life. However, Thor Halvorssen is an activist with a different mindset. He has been the champion of the will of the defenseless for a number of years now and if his success is anything to go by, it pays to help other humans get better treatment from the government and society in general.
Thor is a citizen of Venezuela by birth. Many people have described him as one that was born into the life of activism because both his parents were activists. His father was originally Norwegian while his mother came from the lineage of one of the founding fathers of the nation of Venezuela. When he was a teenager, he watched his father get tortured under a cruel and dictatorial regime. This really changed his outlook on life and thus came his decision to become an activist.
He founded the Oslo Freedom Forum. This is a human rights gathering that has been gaining following and has such a huge momentum that currently it has been described as the human rights equivalent of the Davos economic forum. He has also been through a lot in his attempts to advocate for human rights. For instance, there was a time when he was captured in Vietnam when covering a human rights interest story in their prison system. One of his cameramen had to escape with the video tape hidden in his person because their captors wanted it destroyed.
He says that he does not believe in the kind of activism where people group together depending on their shared beliefs. He is a lover of all people, but describes himself as a hater of humanity because of their inhumane nature. He states that he does not discriminate against anyone and that as long as he is running in the same cause with a person, then the person is fit enough to be called his friend. Thor is a truly inspirational filmmaker and activist
Human rights ideology focuses on believing that every single person has a birth giving right to be treated equally and fairly be everyone around them, but it also goes a few steps further than that. Those who participate in human rights movements are very active in moving forward the quality of living for everyone regardless of their diverse qualities that might otherwise succumb them to discrimination. Thor Halvorssen is one of many people who are passionate about moving forward the progression of society. Halvorssen is so motivation, that he founded the Human Rights Foundation so that he could read further with his dream of equality.
Halvorssen fights for civil and political rights for people all around the world. Whether his main focus is on mass educating a populace about how their political policies need to be changed in order to improve their lives as citizens, or if it’s about speaking to citizens about who they treat and interact with each other, Halvorssen does what is necessary to bring to halves together and create a new whole. On top of traveling, running his business, filming movies about human rights, and dedicating time to public speeches, he also writes literature about his beliefs and methods of advancing communities. Currently, he has two books published and recognized by The Economist as very prominent work, work that should be taken very seriously.
Halvorssen is extremely dedicated to his cause. The Human Rights Foundation has been up and assisting civil rights around the world for ten years, but prior to 2005 Thor Halvorssen was still traveling the world on his own dime attempting to improve conditions wherever he could. Halvorssen’s father was held as a political prisoner in Venezuela, which initially got him interested in understanding complex due process laws between different nations. From there, he decided to invest his efforts in helping individuals that got caught up in the wars between countries by attempting to get as many prisoners of war free from their often tyrannical sentences.