Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate. Thor is a Venezuelan who is also a film producer. He was born on 9th March 1979. Thor has contributions in the fields of public interest advocacy, pro-democracy advocacy, public policy, individual rights, and civil liberties. Thor founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which is termed as a spectacular festival for human rights. He is also the leader of the Human rights Foundation. This organization is committed to the human rights and freedom globally. Thor is the founder of Moving Picture Institute. He is the patron of Ob Own Feet which is a children’s peace movement based in Czech. He acquired Ny Tid which is the traditionally leftist Norwegian news magazine in May 2010.
Thor is currently producing the film adaptation of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” together with Bryan Singer. The New York Times has praised Thor’s work. His opinions have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, National Journal, and many others. He was born to Hilda Mendoza and Thor Halvorssen Hellum. He is Cristobal Mendoza’s relative. Thor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History which he got from the University of Pennsylvania.
Thor’s father was imprisoned for possible bank fraud and money laundering in 1993. Thor was a freshman from the University at that time. Thor led a campaign for the release of his father. He sought help from Amnesty International which joined hands with other organizations to issue protests. His father was later found innocent and released. He was appointed as a director of the Pan-American Committee of International Society for Human Rights after the release.
Thor specializes in issues regarding human trafficking, dictatorship, threats to democracy, and slavery. He lectures extensively on human rights including at the New York City Junto, Harvard Law School, and the American Enterprise Institute. Thor is the first Executive Director and CEO of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Thor is known for defending people on the left and right of political spectrum. He believes that there should be liberty of speech, opinion, and expression to have a free society. He stepped down as Fire’s CEO and joined its Board of Advisors in 2004.
The University of Pennsylvania honored Thor with the Sol Feinstone Award for protecting student speech. He was also presented with a presidential silver medal on behalf of those who fought and died for freedom. Thor has advocated and lobbied for the release of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political prisoner.