Thor Halvorssen was born as Thor Leonardo Halvossen Mendoza in 9th March 1976. Thor is a human rights activist and film producer. He has been described by the New York Times as a champion of the underdogs and the powerless. A nationality of Venezuela, Thor Halvossen has made contributions in the areas of public policy, interest advocacy, individual rights and civil liberties.
Thor began human rights campaigns at an early age. As an adolescent in 1989 in London, he organized an opposition to the South African apartheid. When his father became a political prisoner in Venezuela, Thor became fully involved in the advocacy of the due process. In 2004, during a political protest his mother was shot, which made Thor start the New York based Human Rights Foundation. The main purpose of this organization is working toward liberating political prisoners and promoting tolerance and democracy in Latin America. Since the Human Right foundation started its operations, it has managed to secure freedom of seven of conscience, submitted amicus briefs in major international human rights cases, given evidence to Truth commissions, and published two books about the responsibility of the state.
Holvorssen, in 2009 founded a global of human rights advocates known as the Oslo Freedom Forum. The conferences have taken place annually since 2009. The Wired Magazine described it as “if the global human-rights movement were to create its own unified representative body, it would look something like this.” This forum has expanded his human rights’ complain scope which originally zeroed on combating left-wing populist authoritarianism in Latin America and now advocating worldwide change.
During these forums, Holvorssen has shown that he is intensely energetic; a characteristic that can be attributed to his personality and that translates well on TV and in front of the crowd. During the opening of the conference he starts by exhorting the crown to attend every speech and show up on time in each of them. The rest of the time he prefers to stay away from the stages, and instead works on their activities and help them network. His works in human right has put him at forefront of liberating the oppressed around the world.