THOR HALVORSSEN

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A human rights advocate and film producer, Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in the spring of 2005. Halvorssen started advocating for human rights in 1989 in London by organizing opposition to South African apartheid. He's president of HRF, founder of your Oslo Freedom Forum, and patron of your Prague-based children’s peace movement, On Personal Feet; the Centipede Youngsters. Before his work at HRF, Halvorssen was cofounder and served as Executive Director and CEO with the Foundation for Person Rights in Education from 1999 until 2004. Halvorssen's opinions and views have appeared in many venues including The New York Occasions, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The Economist, the Washington Post, NPR, TIME Magazine, the Day-to-day Telegraph, New York Post, and GQ, as well as tv outlets for instance Al-Jazeera, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, HBO, and a lot of other people. Halvorssen has developed several films that concentrate on freedom and human rights. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in the University of Pennsylvania with concurrent undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and history. He sits on HRF's Board of Directors. Get far more details about Thor Halvorssen

Halvorssen personally understands the value of guarding human rights. In August of 1993, his father, a diplomat together with the rank of ambassador, was falsely imprisoned, tortured, and savagely beaten inside a Venezuelan jail. His father was released only following Amnesty International, the International Society for Human Rights, and several human rights advocates and public figures took his case. In August of 2004, Halvorssen’s mother, a youngster psychologist, was brutally gunned down and wounded by members of your Venezuelan government security apparatus although attending a peaceful public gathering. The gunmen’s actions were broadcast on reside television as they shot into the crowd, leaving twelve wounded and a single dead. And in February of 2014 Thor's initial cousin, Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan politician, became a political prisoner with the government of Nicolas Maduro.

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