Thor Halvorssen is a crusader of human rights who discovered this calling in late 1993. Since then, he has been the voice of many social issues affecting society among them human trafficking or slavery, threats to democracy, and dictatorships.
A call to activism
Thor didn’t always know he would end up in a career of activism. However, he is a definite chip off the old block when compared to his father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum. His father was one of the lead investigators of the Venezuelan Medellin Cartel run by Pablo Escobar. The following events of this investigation are what changed Thor Halvorssen’s life forever.
When his father was wrongfully accused and convicted, for the same investigation he was carrying out, Thor was the one to save him. In 1993, he led a mass campaign that protested the brutal treatment his father received in prison, and sequentially for his release. Even after his father’s successful release, Thor went on to become a full time advocate of human rights.
Thor Halvorssen has pioneered a number of human rights organizations that partner with political figures and government officials who are also aligned to his course. One of these organizations is Oslo Freedom Forum which has succeeded in many of its projects organized all over the world. Thor also founded the Human Rights Foundation that is based in New York.
Through these organizations, Thor constantly launches awareness campaigns highlighting the oppressions people suffer under the rule of a socialist government. He has fought slavery laws all over the world including China. The Oslo Freedom Foundation organizes several transformative conferences that see many prominent individuals in attendance among them fellow human rights advocates, activities, world leaders and technology entrepreneurs.
Thor’s passion has also molded him into a seasoned film producer that center on the same subject of human right awareness and activism. He is also the founder of the Moving Picture Institute which has helped him produce three films already: Freedom’s Fury, Hammer & Tickler and The Sugar Babies.
Thor Halvorssen’s passion for the rights of every human has seen him receive a number of accolades. One of these achievements is the 2010 medal he received for his activism during a Romanian anniversary for the celebration of their liberation from a Soviet-like dictatorial government.