Thor Halvorssen is the founder and chief organizer of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a conference where human rights activists meet and share opinions. Besides hosting human rights activists, the event also brings together journalists, dissidents, and donors who want to support advocates of human rights.
Mr. Halvorssen also operates Human Rights Foundation, an organization that fights against oppressive regimes by mobilizing activists, negotiating for the freedom of political prisoners, and inviting journalists to cover important policy issues that may cause or resolve political and civil conflicts.
In a recent conference that Halvorssen organized attracted more than 700 activists who represented 57 countries worldwide. At the conference, dissidents from different regions share knowledge on how they can outwit oppressive regimes.
Among the successful crusades organized by Mr. Halvorssen include the anti-Soviet freedom movements and its subsequent human rights watch. He describes himself as a conservative who remains steadfast in his pursuit of social justice as opposed to pursuing political power.
Mr. Halvorssen has demonstrated his capabilities to champion for human rights over time. This has placed him among the few people who have ever been honored as prominent personalities in human rights advocacy.
Thor Halvorssen was inspired to become an international human rights activist while still an undergraduate student at University of Pennsylvania. It was at the university that he was able to interact with people from different parts of the world like Brazil, Mexico, and Persia. Additionally, he was able to meet influential personalities like Frank Luntz and Henrique Salas Romer.
Mr. Halvorssen organized his first political activism in 1993 when his father was imprisoned. He collaborated with Amnesty International alongside other human rights organizations to pressure the regime to free his father. Through his effort, his father was released from prison. However, Mr. Halvorssen was forced to leave Venezuela after receiving life threats. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
As a result of being an unwavering force in the fight against all kinds of human oppression, major publishers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The National Journal have recognized the credibility of Mr. Halvorssen’s opinions regarding human rights.