Thor Halvorssen has become a well known face on the TV and in newspapers after providing his opinion on a series of human rights matters for some of the best known news outlets in the world. Halvorssen is also well known by many of the world’s most despicable tyrants for the strong role he maintains as one of the world’s leading human rights activists who is willing to place his own body and reputation on the line for the good of others around the world.
Born in Venezuela to a prominent political family and studying for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Political Science should have set the New York based activist on a journey towards a successful governmental career; however, Halvorssen has always fought against the need for politics to dominate his life and instead looks to use his skills solely to secure human rights for all. The University of Pennsylvania graduate goes so far as to claim he has no idea where the political allegiances of those he works alongside at the Human Rights Foundation he founded in 2005 may lie. Thor Halvorssen believes human rights violations should be publicized no matter what political leanings those who commit these atrocities may have.
In the past, Thor Halvorssen has made public the human rights issues seen in socialist countries such as Cuba and his home nation of Venezuela where Halvorssen’s own father and mother have had their rights taken away illegally. Thor Halvorssen believes the Fox News network asked him for his opinion on Democratic Socialist Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in 2016 as he was expected to oppose his election. Instead Halvorssen revealed he had made financial donations to the Sanders campaign as he was the only candidate to remain free from the problems of maintaining formal links with governments and world leaders who regularly commit human rights abuses.