Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a Venezuelan social and political activist and the founder and leader of the well known socialist and dictator watchdog group, The Human Rights Foundation. Mr. Halvorssen got his start as a political activist in the late 1980s by orchestrating a series of bombastic but peaceful demonstration in London (where he was currently residing) in protest of the racial apartheid system which were currently instituted in South Africa at the time.
However, his true ascension into political activism occurred in period of 1993, wherein his father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum a narcotics investigator who was researching the criminal activities of Pablo Escobar, was falsely imprisoned under trumped up charges.
Whilst in prison in Caracas, Halvorssen’s father was brutally beaten and nearly killed. However, thanks to Thor Halvorssen’s efforts, working side by side with Amnesty International, Mr. Hellum was freed and appointed to the head of pan american committee for the International Society of Human Rights.
According to Crunchbase, yet tragedy struck yet again in 2004 when Thor Halvorssen’s mother, Hilda Mendoza Denham, was shot whilst in the attendance of peaceful anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration in Venezuela. Luckily she survived by the incident left a powerful impression upon the then, quite young Thor Halvorssen.
He knew that more needed to be done and set about vigorously writing a article for the local paper about the incident which received a great deal of coverage. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
But that was not quite enough for Mr. Halvorssen, he knew he needed to do even more and so he decided to create a foundation that would work tirelessly for the rights of every one, regardless of nationality, creed or religion – thus he founded the Human Rights Foundation which remains, to this day, one of the most prolific and well respected human rights groups around the globe.
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