Thor Halvorssen is a misunderstood man. He is the president of Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and has dedicated his life to toppling dictators and tyrants around the world.
Because of this work he has made many enemies around the world and has put his life in danger numerous times. In a recent interview, he recalls a time that he went to Vietnam to interview the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, which had been banned by the government. After the interview, Halvorssen was detained, beaten and arrested.
Halvorssen has no real political ideology. His goal is to expose and remove any leader who thwarts freedom in their respective countries. “I love people!” he states. He continually rails against leftist dictators in Latin America just as much as he attacks right-wing tyrants in Eastern Europe.
He learned how to stand up to dictators and corruption from an early age. His father was imprisoned and tortured in a Venezuelan prison for exposing government corruption. His mother was shot during a protest against Hugo Chavez.This is what fuels Thor Halvorssen.
He is not without his detractors. Some donors on the left dislike that HRF receive money from “right-wing” organizations, and vice versa. But Halvorssen and HRF are just as likely to attack a right-wing dictator like Pinochet of Chile, as they are to go after leftist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. “Why discriminate?” he says.
Based in New York City, Human Rights Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect human rights around the world. They take a particular interest in closed societies like North Korea. Their mission is to promote freedom around the globe. Follow Thor on Facebook to learn more.
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