Thor Halvorssen: Freedom Fighter

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.