Thor Halvorssen: Human Rights Activist & Proponent of Democracy

Thor Halvorssen is no mere threat to any would-be corporeal medium that marginalizes, or completely precludes any attempt for an individual to express his/her natural rights here on this earth. To the contrary, Thor Halvorssen is a ever-present chronic pain to any form of despotic regime, nation, institution, individual that delimits the rights of any one person.

Thor’s history in activism attest to his concern for those who have the inability to speak for themselves, those-who are servile to the whims of a vague power not partial in recognizing essential rights. The New York Times characterized Thor with this epithet: “The champion of the underdog and the powerless” an apt statement for this man.

Thor’s quest as an activist for human rights started at an early age, but it really began to take root with his founding of the Human Rights Foundation based in New York city in 2005.

Thor’s work with the Human Rights Foundation is this: Thor’s criticism of China for Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel peace price recipient, imprisoned for his outspoken views of China’s disenfranchisement of its citizens; the inability of Dr.Chee Soon Juan, an outspoken activist in Singapore, denied leave from his country under dubious claims to attend a Freedom Forum in Oslo, Norway; the atrocities of General Yoweri Museveni despot of Uganda, Thor claims “persecutes dissidents and critics with imprisonment, torture, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings; Thor’s work, by no means, is limited to those hitherto examples

Thor is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, a forum where notable activists for democracy and civil rights around the world come to speak. This forum is meant to bring awareness to and give concerted effort, empowerment, to activists in the strategies needed to fight against oppressive governments.

Thor is also a filmmaker, his films also bring awareness of the various inequities committed around the globe that inhibit peoples rights. A Film like the “Singing Revolution” created to bring awareness of the Estonian peoples plight against the Russian hegemony between 1986 and 1991 (). Other films he has made:”Indoctrinate U,” and “The Sugar Babies” meant to bring awareness of human right violations.