For those of us who live in democratic societies it is often difficult to imagine what life is like for those trapped in closed societies under the rule of a dictator. Activists from around the world are hoping to change this view of the world with a dedicated effort to bring the attention of the media to these abuses, which has allowed Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation to develop his own position in the global community of activists as a leader.
Halvorssen is well known as the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and the major activism event known as the Oslo Freedom Forum. These two events have made Halvorssen a major part of the global activism community and also put the half Norwegian and half Venezuelan film producer at odds with many of those in the community who are not moving with the times as quickly as Halvorssen; Thor believes in using every media outlet available to get his point across whether they are right or left leaning news outlets. Read more: Trouble Maker For Tyrants | Weekly Standard
Halvorssen does not allow political pressure to be placed on the HRF, Halvorssen has been a vocal opponent of socialist and conservative dictators after seeing the damage done to Venezuela by the Hugo Chavez government.
Thor Halvorssen has found success in the film industry as a producer of both fiction and non-fiction films that often include his own interests of human rights.
A major area of interest for Thor Halvorssen is that of the rise of socialism in Eastern Europe in the post World War II landscape; Halvorssen has completed documentary films based on the propaganda wars fought between socialist officials and opponents of the political ideology during the COld War years.
Alongside the success Thor Halvorssen has achieved during his career as a film producer he has been working tirelessly throughout his adult life to raise awareness of the work completed by activists in the human rights community.
Halvorssen began his successful human rights career in the 1990s leading a campaign against Chinese slavery actions when the economy of the nation was beginning to emerge as a rival to that of the U.S.