Thor Halvorssen has been described as the modern day human rights activists. This reputation is owed to his significant effort in advocating and fighting for the human rights of the oppressed or underdogs in society. In fact , Thor strongly criticizes dictatorial rule and dictators in various places around the world such as North Korea.
Although he champions for the rights of the less privileged, Thor comes from a family background of highly politically active and wealthy family members in Venezuela. Thor embarked on championing for human rights during his adolescent years while in London in 1989. In fact, he was significantly involved in the organization of campaigns to oppose apartheid in South Africa.
Thor Halvorssen began his political involvement while studying at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. During this particular period, his father was imprisoned in connection with anti-narcotics activities. Primarily, the arrest was because of investigating the Medellin cartel for possible crimes of bank fraud and money laundering. During this duration, Thor organized a campaign for the release of his father. In fact, the campaign drew considerable attention from the international community, which led to securing the assistance of the Amnesty International. Amnesty International undertook protests alongside other global organizations.
His mother was shot while attending a peaceful protest against the former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. In response to these actions by the government, Halvorssen wrote an article on the Wall Street Journal. According to him, members of the security task force executed the shooting whereby 12 protestors sustained injuries while one woman was killed. Halvorssen’s mother was part of the 12 wounded victims. Even though the perpetrators of those heinous acts were arrested, they were only sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Halvorssen is also a well-known film producer with various production credits to his name. He has collaborated with other top producers in the film industry such as Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu to make the film dubbed as Freedom’s Fury. The film had its premiere release at the Tribeca Film Festival. He has also produced other films including the Hammer & Tickle, The Sugar Babies and a documentary called Indoctrinate U.