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.