Thor Halvorssen is the grandson of Oystein Halvorssen and his parents are Thor Halvorssen and Hilda Mendoza. He is a human rights advocate who was born on March 9, 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela.
Human Rights Foundation
Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which is based in New York. His foundation is focused on freeing political prisoners and to promote political and civil rights of those around the world. Since the launch of HRF, it has played a vital role in releasing numerous prisoners of conscience and it given evidence to Truth Commissions. There has also been a few international human rights cases that HRF has gotten involved in by submitting amicus briefs.
His Father’s Imprisonment And Mother’s Shooting
When Thor was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, his father was arrested. This was in 1993, and while his dad was in jail, he was beaten and tortured. He sat in jail for 74 days, and Thor headed the campaign for his dad’s released. Eventually his dad was found innocent of his charges. Thor’s mother was shot and wounded in 2004. She was shot while at a protest in Venezuela. The gunmen were eventually apprehended but were later released.
Oslo Freedom Forum
The Oslo Freedom Forum, a worldwide gathering of human rights advocates, was founded by Thor in 2009. Since 2009, the forum has taken place yearly. The forum allows human rights advocates to gather and discuss important human rights issues.
Thor Halvorssen is a great leader and it’s safe to say he will continue to perform good work for as long as he is able to do so.