Recognition Comes from Many Areas for Thor Halvorssen

The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has recently been finding his work honored by many different groups who have watched as he has taken major steps forward in the world of human rights activism. Thor has not been looking for awards and major recognition from any group, but has used the awards he has received to push forward the work he completes around the world in some of the most isolated countries in existence. 

Thor Halvorssen began his career as a human rights activist when still a student at the University of Pennsylvania and made his first major accomplishments in 1999 at the age of just 23 when he led a sit in at a shareholder meeting for Lucent Technologies; the role of slave labor in the production of the Chinese made products the company sold around the world led to Thor’s actions taking place. In his career since the 1999 Lucent Technologies protest Thor has taken on major political figures who have rules their nations with an iron fist; from Uganda, to Russia, and on into North Korea Thor has made himself a well known opponent of the dictators who have robbed individuals and groups of their human rights for many years.

 Achieving success in terms of changing government policy, raising awareness, and securing the release of political prisoners is key to the work of Thor Halvorssen, but in an effort to raise awareness he has accepted various honors fro around the world. Included in these honors are the acceptance of a medal for his human rights work from the government of Romania to make the anniversary of the revolution in the country, and a student free speech award given by his alma mater of the University of Pennsylvania. Recognition of his work as a human rights activist has also come in the form of Thor Halvorssen being asked to speak at various events and institutions around the world, including an invitation to speak in the birthplace of democracy at the British Houses of Parliament.

The Myriad Works of Thor Halvorssen

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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