Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza, recognized as Thor Halvorssen, is a human rights advocate, from Venezuela. He is also a film producer in individual rights, public policy, public interest advocacy, and pro-democracy advocacy. Thor is also the initiator of Oslo Freedom Forum, a yearly gathering and human-rights festival that is comparable to the Davos economic forum. He is also the president of the Human Rights Foundation; a society dedicated to universal freedom and human rights.
Following an activist lineage, Halvorssen is a campaigner against human trafficking, slavery, democracy threats, and dictatorships. He has addressed human rights topics at the Harvard Law School, United Nations Association in New York, American Enterprise Institute, and the New York City Junto. He has also addressed the British parliament.
Halvorssen’s father was detained while probing into possible bank fraud and money laundering from the Medellín cartel. His father was accused of terrorism during his incarceration period in the Caracas jail. Thor Halvorssen directed his father’s release campaigns and gained the support of Amnesty International, which mobilized other International organizations to issue protests. Halvorssen’s dad was finally established guiltless of all the charges. After his release, Thor was selected as the Pan-American Committee director. The Pan-American Committee is the United Nations -Allied International Society for Human Rights. Halvorssen organized a Lucent Technologies campaign shareholders meeting that attracted for the creation of an anti-slave labor policy, requiring China to declare that Lucent products are not manufactured using manual slave labor.
He announced the establishment of the Human Rights Foundation. The Human Rights Foundation is a global society, campaigning for the characterization of human rights, with special regards to the concepts of tyranny freedom, and self-determination. Through the United Nation International Society for Human Rights, Halvorssen has also campaigned for the release of other political prisoners, and other human rights violations all over the world. Halvorssen is a recognized supporter of Rebiya Kadeer, the Chinese Uyghur leader, and has piercingly condemned the Taiwanese Kuomintang government ban on Kadeer visitation.
He is also a film executive producer, taking advantage of satire, ridicule, and humor to resist tyrant systems. Halvorssen’s achievements have been rewarded by the University of Pennsylvania and Emil Constantinescu. To many, he is considered a serial critic of Latin dictators and dictatorial regimes, a menace for tyrants.
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