Thor Halvorssen is a dedicated social rights activist. Eleven years ago, in 2005, he launched the Human Rights Foundation in New York. Today, at the age of 39 he is still the president of the successful organization. The idea of fighting for human rights runs in his family for many generations. His own parents suffered for being active. His father was tortured in prison for revealing government corruption in Venezuela. His mother was shot during a demonstration against Hugo Chávez. The Weekly Standard discusses how Halvorssen himself has been severely beaten for the cause. He believes that human rights are not something that can simply be discussed but people who want to be involved have to get dirty and take action.
Despite his troubled history, Thor Halvorssen keeps a positive outlook on life. He does not subscribe to the same gloomy attitude that many of his contemporaries do, hating people. He genuinely loves people and it shows. While he is often looked at as right wing, he does not agree with that assertion. He considers himself a classical liberal and rejects any conservative labels thrust on him. It is not liberals or conservatives he is battling against, however, it is dictators in general no matter which way their policies lean. He does not even inquire about the political affiliations of the twelve people who work for him. The cause is about ridding the world of tyranny, it does not matter what drives a person to strive for the goal.
Over half of the world is still under the control of one dictatorship or another. Thor believes that needs to change. He and his organization have so many potential projects that they pass over corruption in democracies altogether. There are much worse things happening in the world to be concerned with to be concerned with minor problems in a system that sufficiently preserves the majority of human rights without external influence. Learn more about Halvorssen’s film making efforts on his IMDB profile.