It doesn’t take much to notice all the madness going on in the world in today’s times. Every magazine, television or website has carnage and destruction on it. It makes you question if genuinely good people still exist anymore or if everyone is out to get everyone else. Humanity is pretty cruel, but luckily not everyone is out to drag someone else down, and there are people who are trying to do good for fellow man.
Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist from Venezuela who is trying to protect his fellow man. Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist who was born in Venezuela in March of 1976. Thor attended the university of Pennsylvanian for political science and history, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Thor is the CEO and founder of the Human Rights Foundation, a foundation that that advocates for civil liberties and human rights. Activism in the Halvorssen doesn’t stop with Thor it was almost as if it was passed down from his parents. In 1993 Thor’s father Thor Halvorssen Hellum, was imprisoned for trying to investigate the Medellin cartel for money laundering. He was held in prison for 74 days and tortured almost to death. His mother was shot in 2004 at a peaceful protest gathering.
Thor is not only into activism, but also dabbles in producing films such as U.N. Me, a documentary about places where the United Nations has intervened. He has also produced many other documentary films covering other topics regarding human rights. Topics range from media blackouts and censorship of an entire country to the inhuman treatment in the sugar industry. Thor’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, and people who put this much effort into their work deserve notoriety.
Judith Rodin the 12th president of the Rockefeller foundation, awarded Thor Halvorssen Sol Feinstone award for protecting free speech. He was also awarded the presidential silver medal by the 3rd president of Romania Emil Constantinescu in 2010 for the tenth anniversary of the Romanian revolution of 1989.
When being compassionate for other human beings is not only something you care deeply about, but seems to be part of your genes, it seems that is hard not to be involved with every aspect of being a human rights activist. Thor Halvorssen helps in more ways than one and the world could use more people who are caring for their fellow man.