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Thor Halvorssen: A Great Activist

Thor Halvorssen is thirty nine years old. He is the president of the Human Rights Foundation which is based out of New York. The Human Rights Foundation was started in 2005.

His family has a gruesome past. He is part Norwegian and part Venezuelan. His grandfather, whose name was Oystein, was the Norwegian King’s consul during World War two in Venezuela. His mother was a relative to one of the presidents of Venezuela (Cristobal Mendoza). She was also a relative to Simon Bolivar who was a military leader that fought to liberate Latin America from Spain. His mother died in a peaceful protest when she was shot by the government in 2004. His father was thrown in prison and tortured after working for a drug czar in Venezuela. While in prison he feared he would be murdered but managed to get out of jail. His cousin Leopoldo Lopez is currently a political prisoner in a jail in Venezuela.

Due to all of the things that has happened to his family Thor thinks human rights are extremely important. He doesn’t believe that human rights should be up for discussion but they are the foundation for which other things rest. He employees people that are full of spitfire and want to stand against injustice. One of the people he employees is Garry Kasparov. He is an activist that was punched by the police in Russia while he was protesting. He was protesting a band getting time in jail for singing a anti-Putin song.

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza was born on March 9, 1976. He is a human rights activist. He also makes movies. He is the president of the Human Rights Foundation. This foundation deals with human rights on a global scale.

Thor Halvorssen has gotten a lot of publicity and has been on a lot of popular networks and media outlets. He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, HBO, The Washington Post, Fox News Channel, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, and many others. The New York Times has printed its support of Thor Halvorssen’s work many times.

More information for Thor Halvorssen can be found here:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/is-this-the-face-of-a-new-global-human-rights-movement?utm_term=.hu1rbrvoK#.sgLP3Pq98