Matt Labash, a top writer for the Weekly Standard, wrote a profile on Thor Halvorssen detailing his efforts to fight against oppressors or tyrants. In the piece, Troublemaker for Tyrants, he reveals that Thor is not like other human rights activist.
The article also gives an insight into Thor’s past and private life by detailing his family background. Thor comes from a family that is associated or related to presidents. His mother traced her background from Cristobal Mendoza, who was Venezuela’s first president while his grandfather was part of the Norwegian King’s envoy. Most of his descendants had taken part in numerous efforts for liberation causes in the past such as the Latin America’s liberation from Spain.
With such a background, Thor represents the new generation activist for individual liberty. He has witnessed first-hand the dangers of human rights violation through his parents.
Fighting Tyranny in North Korea
Thor through his team of Human Rights Foundation has been making significant efforts to fight against oppression in North Korea. Over the years, they have been smuggling various items such as giant slingshots and stealth USBs. They also drop balloons filled with cash, entertainment, and anti-regime leaflets. In addition, HRF established a Hack Them Back Campaign geared towards raising money to support defector groups in North Korea.
Thor Halvorssen represents all the individuals in society who uphold the essence of safeguarding human rights. Other than silently keeping it to himself, Thor is a human activist who is hands on when it comes to promoting his cause or what he believes. He is the Chief Executive Officer and President of The renowned New York-based, Human Rights Foundation. His interest in championing for human rights started in 1989 while in London where he organized an anti- South African Apartheid campaign.
At the University, he was a judicial advisor for those students indicted for various offenses in the university judicial system. Thor was also awarded the Ivy Day Award due to his support for the student or individual rights. Apart from human rights advocacy, he has been part of various councils and boards such as the Charter School Advocacy Program as well as the Armando Valladares Foundation.
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