Thor Halvorssen- Venezuelan Human Rights Activist

Thor Halvorssen, aged 39, serves as the President of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) which is based in New York. HRF is an organization that is devoted to freedom and global human rights.

Thor Halvorssen’s Family Shooting and Imprisonment

Thor Halvorssen’s father exposed corruption in the government when he was working as a drug czar for Venezuela. As a result, he experienced torture while at Caracas prison. On the other hand, during a demonstration against Hugo Chavez, Thor’s mother was shot in the process. Leopoldo López, Mr Halvorssen’s first cousin, is also a prisoner because of politically challenging the Chavista regime.

Thor Halvorssen’s Arrest

Václav Havel served as the Chairman of HRF until 2011 when he passed away. Thor replaced Havel with Garry Kasparov, a political activist and Russian grandmaster at chess. In 2012, Kasparov was arrested and beaten up by Russian police for protesting against the guilty verdict of Pussy Riot, a punk band based in Moscow.

In 2010, Thor traveled to a City known as Ho Chi Minh with the company of cameraman to interview Thich Quang Do, the Unified Buddhist Church patriarch of Vietnam. Thich Quang Do had been under house arrest for 28 years, and his church was banned. Thor sneaked into the monastery to tape the interview. However, on his way out, he was caught by Vietnamese authorities who arrested him and he was detained. He had to convince the police that he was a Buddhist while the cameraman used a side door to sneak out and hid the video card in his rectum.

About Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen has been at the forefront advocating for human rights. He is a film producer in Venezuela. According to the New York Times, Halvorssen’s profile was described as maverick in August 2007. He also writes about issues of human rights.

In 2013, Buzzfeed published Halvorssen’s profile as one who has a strong desire to correct injustices in the world regardless of whether they are being committed by the right or left wing regimes.

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