The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, has been looking for new and interesting ways of pushing forward the need for a greater level of human rights for all people, regardless of where they are located in the world. In continuing his work, Thor Halvorssen has used a large amount of the latest technology to push forward the rights of people from nations that are often seen as being closed off from the outside world; despite taking to Twitter and digital media platforms to explain the issues facing the world there are times when placing his own body on the line is the only option for the Venezuelan born University of Pennsylvania graduate.
Thor Halvorssen has recently been working closely with the major Russian dissident Gary Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has become one of the leading figures in opposition to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. Both Halvorssen and Kasparov have been placing their own health on the line as they sought to publicize the abuses of power many governments around the world have undertaken against their own citizens. On a recent trip to Vietnam local officials beat Thor Halvorssen and his camera operator in a bid to take possession of the tape of an interview with a political prisoner held under house arrest for more than a decade. Click here to watch video.
One thing that can be said about bullies, tyrants and other oppressive personalities is that they need to be stood up to for the people that are being oppressed by them. While there are a lot of studies that link bullying behavior to troubled homes, it is also important to know that troubled upbringings do not give one a pass for treating others as less than they are. Everyone has a right to be treated equally no matter how bad they have been treated at some point in their lives. Mr Thor Halvorssen understands that. This is why he is standing up for human rights.
Thor Halvorssen has been one of the most effective activists for human rights. He has been so effective that he is being considered the new face of human rights activism. One of the things that Thor Halvorssen is doing is cultivating relationships with people of all walks in order to help with the fight for human rights. Among the people that Thor Halvorssen is working with is Christian Bale, who is known for his work as Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy. He was having a conversation with Chen Guangcheng who was exiled from China. Click here to know more.
Thor Halvorssen himself is no stranger to human rights violations. His family has a history of involvement. His family was in Norway and then moved to Venezuela due to some controversy in Norway. Thor Halvorssen himself has found himself getting beaten up in his fight for human rights. This is a fact that he is okay with. He consider this as part of a days work. He is one of the people that believes that an activist should be ready to roll up his sleeves and take in some punishment himself for the cause. This is a far cry from the stereotype of people who are all talk.
The best way to change in the world is to get people behind you. After all, political change only happens when millions of people come together to demand change from their leaders. Change does not happen from the top down. Rarely in history has major change come about because a person in power dared to take a country in a new direction.This is one of the famous rally cries of Senator Bernie Sanders, and he’s right. That’s why Thor Halvorssen, an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter, works so hard to educate the public about human right violations. His hope is to focus the world’s attention on atrocities in an effort to enact change. He hopes that change will benefit the rights and safety of all human beings across the planet.
It’s common sense that the internet is a great educational tool. When used well, information can spread across the planet in the blink of an eye. But for that information to spread quickly, people need to share that information. So, Thor Halvorssen used viral content to promote his human rights agendas around the world.The movie The Interview made news around the world. Two American comedians made a movie about the assassination of the dictator or North Korea. It created quite a stir inside the People’s Democratic Republic. To keep a hold on his power, Kim Jong-Un needs to appear infallible to his people. A popular movie about his assassination would weaken his standing. So he ordered the hacking of Sony, the production house responsible for The Interview movie.
The hacking was successful. It came with threats of violence at any theater playing the movie. The makers of the movie canceled the public debut and were forced to release the movie online. It was a victory of North Korea and it created quite a stir.In conjunction the release of the movie, Thor’s Human Rights Foundation to the southern border of North Korea. He released balloons filled with money, informational pamphlets and DVD’s into North Korea. His actions made the news, educating the world, and the balloons educated a few lucky North Koreans.