Thor Halvorssen is a naturalized citizen of the United States of America having moved there from Venezuela. Thor ran away from his native country after being threatened for unveiling corruption deals from prominent people. He is also involved in film production and produces films that are related to issues such as individual rights, pro-democracy and public policy. He is credited with the foundation of an institution known as the Moving Picture Institute. Thor Halvorssen is currently involved with a movie called the Moon is a Harsh Mistress and is one of the production directors. Civil rights movements that can be credited to him include the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum.
Thor has a degree in History and Political Science. He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he specialized with Phi Beta Kappa as well as magna cum laude. His father was arrested and tortured for investigating the Medellin cartel many years ago. He was even accused of terrorism. With the help of Amnesty International, Thor managed to set his father free with all charges against him dropped. 13 year ago, his mother was shot during a protest. Thor believes that this murder was perpetrated by the Venezuelan government.
Thor himself has been tortured when he was arrested in Vietnam together with his cameraman. He was interviewing the leader of an outlawed church in the country. To guarantee his safety, Thor had to convince the authorities that he was a Buddhist seeker.Thor has a love for humanity but a special love for those who oppose oppression. He stands against human trafficking, threats to democracy and slavery. Some of the people he has opposed include Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president and labels him as a dictator for jailing gay people. In the US, he is a critic of Jose Serrano and Jack Kemp.
Thor Halvorssen is a man of many hats. He is a strong human rights fighter who produces films that raise awareness to public policy, public interest advocacy, human rights, and civil liberties as well as the president of the Human Rights Foundation and the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum.
Halvorssen was born in 1976 in Venezuela where he grew up witnessing the harm that happens when basic human rights are not respected. He watched his father become imprisoned on trumped up charges where he was tortured and beaten because he chose to investigate the Medellin Cartel for money laundering and bank fraud. Later, his mother was shot at a peaceful protest against the Venezuelan recall referendum in 2004, she was a British subject who was wounded but did recover from her injuries. These pivotal moments in his life helped shape him into the man he has become who values all basic human rights and fights in every way he knows how for each person around the world to have access to what is right and fair.
Halvorssen takes a special interest in issues that involve dictatorships, human trafficking, threats to democracy, and slavery. One of his biggest achievements was leading a campaign on the floor of Lucent Technologies during the annual shareholder meeting. There was talk that the company used slave labor to fabricate their products, Halvorssen fought hard to make sure the company would require China to certify the products would not use any form of slave labor, namely those from the Laogai camps where allegedly eight million people were imprisoned in 1,100 farms, factories, and facilities that produced a large supply of consumer goods.
Halvorssen continues to spend time anywhere he sees violations against peoples basic human rights including North Korea. It is one of the areas of the world where citizens are basically held captive and Halvorssen has spent time and money spreading truth and fighting for justice in this dark corner of the world.