Almost everyone in Thor Halvorssen’s family has been involved in political activism. Halvorssen believes that every child should be educated on his or her rights. With such empowerment on their rights, children would be able to fight for human rights in the future. Early awareness of human rights is what makes Thor to be a passionate advocate of human rights across the globe.
Although Halvorssen is vocal on human rights, he leads a rather private personal life. He maintains his secrecy for security reasons. In the past, the activist has received several threats. By keeping his private life secret, he is able to protect his family from potential stalkers who might creep on him and harm him. Most of the threats come from different people who are opposed to his constant criticism of groups and governments violating human rights.
The activist is advocating for a new form of socialism. He considers socialism to be like a knife. Its results depend on how it is used. Halvorssen’s socialism focuses on policies and governmental structure. For him, this ideology is not evil. The problem has been the leaders in socialist countries who have misused or violated its values to deny citizens their human rights.
Halvorssen is famous because of his human rights advocacy. The courage that he has displayed has encouraged freedom fighters across the globe to push for changes in their societies. His efforts have seen loads of changes within governments around the world. These changes have benefited many people living in those regimes.
For Thor, the fight for human rights is not ending. Most new regimes are negating the progress made by past governments on human rights. There has been a call for new fights to ensure that states adopt laws that promote human rights. The activist hopes that more people will join the fight to make the voice of freedom fighters louder.
Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuela-Norwegian human rights advocate and film producer. He is the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum and Human Rights Foundation. Thor serves as the president of the latter. The activist has been featured in many newspapers and magazine, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. He has also been on the National Public Radio. Thor is known for producing The Singing Revolution, a documentary on Estonia’s peaceful struggle for independence from the Soviets who had occupied the country.