Thor Halvorssen, filmmaker and founder of the Human Rights Foundation has made some enemies over the course of his career. Unlike some advocates that doesn’t seem to phase him. Instead, it seams to make him work harder. Thor Halvorssen is not your typical rich, white human rights crusader. Unlike most, he is willing to get down and do the dirty work.
Halvorssen was born in Venezula to a Swiss father and a Venezuelan mother and has seen first hand the kind of human rights violations and deplorable conditions that citizens of this “socailist” country have to live under. When he was young, his father was arrested because of his politcsl beliefs. Later his mother was shot in retaliation during a protest. But Halvorssen is not just fighting for revenge either.
As mentioned on Time.com, Halvorssen studies hard and works hard to fight for the injustices he sees being committed by all kinds of dictators. One thing that really makes him stand out among his peers is that he is not swayed by political ideologies, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. He is will to fight against dictators on all sides of the political spectrum. For example, Halvorsson is known for speaking against the current leader of Venezueala, President Chavez, who is a socialist, as well as Chile’s right wing Pinochet. As far as his own political leanings, Halvorsson considers himself a classical liberal.
Whatever his political leanings, it is clear that Thor Halvorssen is hard working and is not wiling to let anyone stand in his way. A particularly memorable incident, as related in the Weekly Standard occurred in China. While filming an excited religious leader, Halvorssen was arrested by the police and his cameraman had to flee with the footage. This is not the only time that he has proven that he is willing to go far for his beliefs.
Halvorsen’s next big job is to free the people of North Korea from the decades of tyranny they have lived through. It is certain that he will use the same kind of dedication and determination that he does with all of his work. With Halvorssen holding the reigns it is certain anything can be achieved.
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