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Human Rights Advocate, Thor Halvorssen founder and CEO Human Rights Foundation.

Thor Halvorssen is half Venezuelan, half Norwegian Film producer, Human rights Activists, and the founder of Human Rights Foundation, which is based in New York. Halvorssen was born in Caracas and descends from a family of royals and very influential freedom fighters. His mother, for example, is a descendant of Cristobal Mendoza, the first President of Venezuela. Thor is well versed in matters to do with activism and has experienced firsthand effects after his father subjected to severe torture while in Caracas prison for exposing corruption. Thor lost his mother to a shooting that happened during an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration.

Halvorssen is the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering that is held annually, devoted for human rights. He is also a Patron for Children’s Peace Movement, a children’s rights group based in Czech. Thor has become an influential public figure with his opinions, getting publications from large media houses and newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation and Time Magazine. He has also appeared for interviews in Mainstream Media houses such as BBC News, al-Jazeera, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel. In 2010, Thor made a stage appearance at TEDx, hosted at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his influential personality and popularity in his work, Thor has found himself on the wrong side of the law many times. One event includes when he had traveled to interview the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Patriarch Thich Quang Do, on why his church was banned, and he was put under house arrest for 28 years. Vietnamese authorities arrested and detained him together with his cameraman, but his camera man was fortunate to sneak out with his interview record.

Thor states that he will maintain a strong stand against tyranny and discrimination. Through his foundation, this works closely with other affiliate foundations. His Foundation has devoted to promoting political rights and liberate political prisoners. Since its inception, the HRF has achieved many missions such as ensured release of seven political prisoners and provided evidence to many major human rights international cases around the world.

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Thor Halvorrsen Fighting Injustice at the Governmental Level

Everybody should be held accountable for their crimes. This principle becomes more complicated when certain moral crimes are legalized, because one is left with the question of what she really means by crime. Is it a crime if it is in accordance with the federal law? One should think so. After all, some of the greatest atrocities in human history have been those that were legal, such as the crimes during World War II. Thor Halvorrsen, an expert in Political Science Theory (having received a degree from the University of Pennsylvania) recognizes that socialistic governments actually commit crimes against their own citizens. He offers a few bits of insight into this matter that people overlook far too often.

Don’t Trust The Rich, Trust The Government

Those of us who are not rich tend to look at the wealthy with envy. We contemplate whether they really deserve it. “Why them? Why not me?” will be asked, almost as though the rich rolled the cosmic dice and won the jackpot. When a governmental entity is promoting socialism, it will reinforce this inclination against the rich by pointing out how corrupt they are. They cannot be trusted and they do not need all of that money. However, the people are encouraged to trust the government. The government will swoop in and save the day by taking the money away from the rich and distributing it amongst the poor. The concern that Halvorrsen has is in putting so much trust into the government. It would not be so unthinkable for a government to abuse its’ power.

When Does It Become An Actual Crime?

If the government is taxing the rich into oblivion,

Halvorrsen has seen this play out many times, both in history and in contemporary society. When the government starts overtaxing and redistributing wealth, abuse of the system is imminent.

Thor Halvorssen Exposes Human Rights Abuses In Unlikely Places

Did you know that there are camps in China that in prison millions of men, women, and children. Conservative estimates put the people in these camps at 8 million. These prisoners are forced to make the world’s electronics and other goods. Essentially, it is a slave labor business.

Back in 1999, Lucent Technologies was using these slave camps in order to make their goods. Nobody really knew about it except for Thor Halvorssen. This massive company was raking in millions off the backs of slaves, and the American public was none the wiser.

Thor Halvorssen the headquarters of Lucent Technologies. He recruited a bunch of human rights activists to perform a sit in at the corporate headquarters. They stayed there until the technologies company agreed to do away with slave labor.

It is crazy to think that a human rights activist group had to force this company to stop using slaves. But that is exactly what is happening all over this planet right now. In fact, you probably have some products in your house produced in slave conditions. That’s why the world needs Thor Halvorssen and his human rights advocacy.

Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation. This human rights advocacy group performs protests such as the one that took place at Lucent Technologies. But the group takes it one step further using social media as its platform. After all, if you want something to change, you must get the attention of a critical mass.

Take Nikki Minaj, for example. The international music superstar was in the news because she was taking a private jet out of the country. Her equally famous boyfriend had to stay behind because he was on probation. What the world didn’t know was that the superstar was flying to Angola to perform a private concert. The private concert was for the unilateral dictator of Angola, a man accused of multiple human rights violations. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/potmsearch/detail/submission/6146882

According to IMDB, Thor Halvorssen wrote an open letter that became a viral sensation. People all over the Internet were googling Nikki Minaj and they found this open letter. The letter educated anybody who would read it of the human rights violations performed by the dictator of Angola.

It educated the Internet on where the money for the concert was coming from. The dictator of Angola was stealing from his own people, selling his country’s natural resources for his own gain. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook

Things like this are happening all over the world, all the time. We need people like Thor Halvorssen to expose it.