Standing for the Weak with Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorsen is a film producer and a human rights advocate. He was born in 1976, in Venezuela to Thor Halvorsen Helium and Hilda Mendoza. His father served as an ambassador for antinarcotics affairs and as a special investigator in Venezuelan Senate commission. Thor holds a bachelor’s degree in history, political science and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

His fight for human rights began as an adolescent when he formed an opposition against the South African apartheid. He became fully involved in advocating for human rights when his father was beaten, tortured and imprisoned while investigating a case of money laundering. In 2004, his mother was shot while attending a peaceful public gathering. He wrote an article which was published in a local journal about the whole incident of shooters shooting innocent people and killing one. The gunmen were hunted down, tried, found guilty and sentenced to three years on accounts of murder and bodily harm. In that same year, he founded Human Rights Foundation. HRF is devoted to promoting democracy and liberating political prisoners in Latin America. HRF has lobbied release of several political prisoners and provided evidence to truth commissions over time. The organization has also participated in many advocacy campaigns such as Panama’s president (Ricardo Martinelli) violations of freedom of speech. He also criticizes Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni’s legislative to punish homosexuality with death and many others click here.

Thor Halvorsen is also the CEO and founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual global gathering of human rights advocates. He serves as the Patron of a children’s peace movement, On Own Feet. This is a group that seeks to facilitate bilateral relationships between adults and children especially in war-torn countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thor Halvorsen has produced several films mostly revolving around human rights. He co-produced “Freedom Fury”, a story revolving dictatorship in Hungary in 1956. He is the executive producer of “Hammer and Tickle” a humorous film that shows the disconnect between reality and propaganda as a way of opposing a system despite the lack of freedom of speech. “The Singing Revolution” is another of his film, it narrates a peaceful tussle for political independence. He has done a movie on human trafficking as well, “The Sugar Babies”. Thor is currently producing “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” based on a science fiction novel.

Halvorsen specializes in human trafficking, slavery, dictatorships and democracy. He has lectured widely on these topics and has also spoken at the British parliament.