At 39 years old, Thor Halvorssen, founder of the Human Rights Foundation not only belives in protecting the human rights of others, he lives and breathes it. Thor Halvorssen has gained some notoriety while working as a representative for the Human Rights Foundation, appearing on Fox News and other media outlets, promoting his cause and explaining his beliefs. He works hard, getting up early and going to bed late and despite his long hours, still finds time to moonlight as a filmmaker, but he never stops fighting for the protection of basic human rights.
Halvorssen’s dedication to the cause and work ethic mean that no one wants to be on his bad side. And he doesn’t let political affiliations get in the way of his work either. He fights against all dictators, not just conservatives. He has been known to speak against Kim Jung Il, the dictator and leader of North Korea, a hard line dictator, as well as the current president of Venezuela, who is a socailist. He does not descriminate when it comes to his cause.
Halvorssen is not afraid to get down and dirty for his cause either. On a visit to Ho Chi Minh City in 2010 to interview the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, which is a banned church, he was detained along with the cameraman, who eventually managed to slip out. Halvorssen was not allowed to leave until he was able to convince officials that he was a Buddhist speaker, despite actually being a lapsed Catholic.
It is actions like this that make Halversson a formidable opponent. He is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in, and he doesn’t back down. Halvorssen’s beliefs run deep. He understands just how difficult it is to live under a government that doesn’t respect human rights. He is half Venezuelan on his mom’s side and spent much of his younger years in the tulmultous country. He stood in the bread lines, and even had close family members who spent time as political prisoners. When it comes to working hard for human rights, Halvorssen is a man who should be taken seriously.