The Weekly Standard recently presented an article about Thor Halvorssen and his fight to end oppression. Extolling his dedication, it described at length the efforts Halvorssen makes with his Human Rights Foundation to end despotism, wherever it may be. Half Norwegian and half Venezuelan he traces his ancestry back to heads of state in part, but this does nothing to stop him from targeting such heads of state when they impose dictatorship and oppress their people. The full article is at www.weeklystandard.com.
His father was tortured in a Venezuelan prison and his mother shot during an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration. It was the incentive that started his foundation, although it did not begin his activism. He has himself suffered for the cause. In the process of producing video of the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, he was beaten black and blue by Vietnamese authorities. The video chip got out of the scene in the cameraman’s rectum, but Thor declined to be the one to re-record it, or so he says. 39 year old Thor Halvorssen is also founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. This annual event is a must-see for anyone who has a passion for freedom and human rights.
Thor is not only an activist, but he is also a film maker. His works all have to do with the nature of oppression and the struggles of the downtrodden, as his heart and soul are fully absorbed by his cause. He often says “I love people” and attributes that to be the foundation of his energy. He rejects a right-wing label he is sometimes given, claiming to be a “classical liberal” in the John Stuart Mill tradition.
He speaks accent less American English and has no trouble navigating through the shoals and eddies of politics, media and the networking required to truly make a difference. By style he is a night owl, and he works tirelessly on his mission without regard for his collaborators’ ideologies. All that matters to him is that they be equally dedicated to ending dictatorship and despotism wherever it is found.
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