Thor Halvorssen is under 40 years of age, yet he is already recognized for the organization he has established back in 2005, known as the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). Half Norwegian and half Venezuelan, Thor comes from distinguished family.
His grandfather was a Norwegian consul in Venezuela acting on behalf of the king, while his mother descends from the first Venezuelan president, Cristóbal Mendoza as well as the famous historical figure Simón “The Liberator” Bolívar.
According to The Atlantic, the family also went through their own suffering from the hands of dictators. Thor’s father was previously tortured at Venezuela prison, while his mom was shot at a demonstration against Hugo Chavez, a man who not only had violated human rights, but also started wasting Venezuela’s resources to the point where the country is now facing an economic collapse.
Thor Halvorssen is an outspoken critic of leftist Latin American dictatorships and receives donations from conservative sources. He even claimed that Socialism can lead to violations of the human rights.
The Human Rights Foundation focuses on violations of human rights with a focus on closed societies. Their mission is to “ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted around the world.” One of the ways they’re doing it is by exposing how dictators seek to improve their images by using celebrities, PR firms, and charitable foundations.
The HRF has already exposed Nicki Minaj’s ties to Angola and Jennifer Lopez’s stay in Turkmenistan. So were Kanye West’s dealings in Kazakhstan. Often, such celebrities perform for dictators for large sums of money. And the HRF is on the watch.
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