The Human Rights Foundation and Their Fearless Leader: Thor Halvorssen

The Human Rights Foundation is a New York-based non-profit that exposes human-rights abuses around the world through active on-the-ground reporting. Their work includes traveling to foreign countries and interviewing political dissidents, organizing human-rights protests, penning honest and cut-throat criticisms of political figures, and lobbying international organizations to punish corrupt governments.
The group is most well known for two things: their annual Oslo Freedom Forum, and their eccentric leader Thor Halvorssen. The Oslo Freedom Forum is an annual dinner where dissidents, notable human rights experts, philanthropists, and journalists come together to discuss current human rights problems and news. The HRF even ends the night with an award ceremony that recognizes political dissidents for their work in the field.

Thor Halvorssen a Venezuelan-born human rights activists that founded the HRF in 2005. He is the descendant of Venezuela’s first president and the liberator of South America, Simone Bolivar. His Father and Grandfather were both leaders in business and heavily involved in several human rights groups and committees.

Halvorssen has spent his entire life fighting for what he believes is right, and has shown that he is not afraid to be part of the action. Deploring the methods of typical human rights organizations, such as writing long winding reports and doing academic research, Halvorssen is on the field almost every day of the year.

He has been captured and imprisoned by foreign police for interviewing controversial dissidents, and has also taken part in missions that are meant to educate and liberate sheltered populations. His latest mission was trying to get information and leaflets to the North Korean general population.

According to Huffington Post, Halvorssen has managed to spread his energy to several industries to try and find better ways to further his human rights mission. He often connects Silicon Valley techies to dissidents to help them better track and propagate information. He is also a part-time producer, flying to LA to produce and co-produce films and televisions series that focus on the theme of freedom and human rights.

More information for Halvorssen:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/is-this-the-face-of-a-new-global-human-rights-movement?utm_term=.dlYeN4LKGJ#.fjRGQoe70w

Halvorssen: I Would Rather a Democratic Socialist Than a Supporter of Dictators in the White House

Thor Halvorssen, a human rights activist, was interviewed on the Fox Business Network’s show The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan in which he explains the differences between a democratic socialist such as U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and socialist authoritarians such as the government in Venezuela.

 

Halvorssen believes that a democratic socialism is perfectly OK and provides some of the Scandinavian countries as a model example.

 

“If there are branches of government that exist, and separation of powers, and constitutional rights. You can have a country like Denmark or Norway or Sweden that often times have socialists governments, labor governments, that’s perfectly alright.”

 

The problem, Thor Halvorssen explains, is when socialist programs are instituted under an authoritarian government because the end result is often times to people under such regimes are looted by the government instead of being helped by wealth distribution.

 

Halvorssen went on to explain that he made a large contribution to the Sanders campaign and explains that his father was once a political prisoner. This experience has made him passionate limiting political power, especially that of authoritarian regimes.

 

He believes that the two front runners for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are too tolerant of these abusive foreign governments.

 

“I Would Rather a Democratic Socialist Than a Supporter of Dictators in the White House,” Halvorssen said.

 

Halvorssen ends the interview by explaining how he would try to end poverty.

 

“You end poverty not by redistributing wealth, you end it by creating more wealth.”

For more information about Thor Halvorssen, check out the following links:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/is-this-the-face-of-a-new-global-human-rights-movement

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1812816/