Matt Labash takes us deeper into the life of human rights fighter, and heroic founder of the Human Rights Foundation. Thor Halvorssen is know for exposing the government and its corruption while involved on an undercover operation. He has been arrested and brutally beaten, because of his beliefs and fight for true equality and human rights. Both the inspiration and motivation behind Halvorssen’s organization are based on personal expenditures. After exposing the government for its corruption, his father was tortured in a Venezuelan prison. His mother was later shot as she participated in a protest alongside anti- Hugo Chavez demonstrators. Though heartbroken, he refused to allow these personal attacks and acts of corruption to be a deterrent.
Thor Halvorssen Mendoza was born March 9, 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a true advocate and fighter for democracy and human rights. He is currently the president of the Human Rights Foundation, an organization he formed in 2005. In 2009, Halvorssen began the Oslo Freedom Forum, a series of global conferences, with a slogan and motto was “Challenging Power”. Although it was intended to be a one time meeting, the Oslo Freedom Forum has taken place every year since its launch.
While Halvorssen spends a large amount of his time fighting and advocating for human rights, he is also well known and widely respected for his contributions to the entertainment industry. Currently, he is producing a film adaptation of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”, a science fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein. He has also produced movies and documentaries about the soviet occupation, and films to spread awareness about human trafficking. It should be clear that his true objective is to not only fight for liberty and democracy, but to raise awareness to those who may not see the issue. If everyone can come together and agree on one thing, that there needs to be a change, then that change can come.