Thor Halvorssen Battles Against Oppressive Regimes

Thos Halvorssen is a young, handsome human rights activist and founder of the Human Rights Foundation. He was born in Venezuela where his father was a powerful and connected individual who was at odds with the Hugo Chavez Socialist government. His mother, too, was opposed to Chavez and persecuted for her beliefs. As Thor Halvorssen reached adulthood, his opposition to Venezuelan Presidents Chavez and Maduro was extended to the Cuban Socialist regime of Fidel Castro. Right-leaning Republicans saw him as a potential ally in their fights against progressive governments, but a humorous interview on Fox News proved that Halvorssen could not be easily pigeonholed. Enjoy the Fox News interview gone horribly wrong here:

To explore this advocate for freedom a reporter from the Weekly Standard, a right-wing newsmagazine, wrote an in-depth study of the enigmatic Thor Halvorsen. What the magazine discovered was that Halvorssen is opposed to dictatorial regimes no matter what the avowed political leaning.

What we do know about Halvorssen is that he is intelligent, handsome, young, well spoken and has a European Worldview that has been gained from his extensive travels around the globe fighting against tyranny wherever it occurs. He is a dedicated fighter, pugnacious, and energetic to a fault. He is the biblical David of human rights fighting the Goliath of oppressive countries that control all aspects of human rights that we in the United States of America take for granted.

Halvorssen continues his work around the globe, but the battle may be lost. One only has to look at the repressive Islamic-inspired governments that totally control their citizens and leave them without freedom of personal expression. Until the world is rid of these oppressive regimes, the people will continue to suffer under millennia-old rules that do not express the best of humanity but expose the misogyny and corruption of religions that feature dominance as one of their abiding principles.

Thor Halvorssen Fights for the Truth

Thor Halvorssen is, by many lights, crazy. He might be the kind of crazy the world needs. In a world where the bonds that tie nations together are torn by plebiscites, and a Trump candidacy for the Presidency of the United States, a man willing to stand tall against tyrants and dictators, who brings the light of journalism and public opinion on the affairs of dictators just might be the example the world needs.

Halvorssen comes by his advocacy of human rights honestly, with a grandfather who punched Nazis, and a father who, as Venezuela’s drug czar, was tortured for trying to root out corruption, and whose mother was shot in the streets of Caracas, protesting the dictatorship of Hugo Chavez. He has relatives in three prisons for acts of conscience, and yet Halvorssen is, if anything, more emphatic than world-weary.

Halvorssen’s organization, the Human Rights Foundation, doesn’t pull their punches. Rather, their members absorb them when confronted by the police, whether in Bogata or Moscow. It’s an equal opportunity organization; the leadership – whether Garry Kasparov or Thor Halvorssen himself, stand for rendition and bruises on their own merits. His ecumenical belief in the universality of taking a beating is met by his utter pragmatism in choosing allies – called a leftist by some, and a right winger by others, Halvorssen, and the HRF, will take assistance and resources from anyone who offers, and he brooks no favorites among those he opposes: He’ll face down against dictators of any creed. The HRF does limit its scope to actual dictatorships, and thus doesn’t push too hard on the United States. Yet.

When he’s not organizing protests, Halvorssen is organizing events. His Oslo Freedom Forum is a platform where dissidents who’ve escaped truncheons and prison cells

Halvorssen, who’s a dual citizen of Norway and Venezuela, is 39, and a solidly built man. His dual citizenship offers him legal advantages and some havens, though his life’s work, the HRF, is based out of New York. He’s taken a lifelong interest in cinema and stage productions and turned them into the skills he needs to direct attention at causes that would otherwise fester in the dark.

The truth can set people free, and shatter governments, and Thor Halvorssen is willing to get beaten up to share it.