Human Rights Foundation head not afraid to get hands dirty

Thich Quang Do did not expect any visitors. The Vietnamese government had banned his church for twenty-eight years. He spent most of that time under house arrest while the government attempted to prevent him from expanding his influence. One lone Nordic-figure made it into his temple to visit him that night. The Nordic figure, who turned out to be Thor Halversson, showed up covered in black and blue marks. The visitor was beaten and bruised, but he had reached his destination. Even the violence of the Ho Chi Minh City police department could not deter him from this goal. Thor at Facebook . Activists seldom shy away from confrontations with authority figures when pursuing justice, but there is often a distinction between front-line soldiers and the executives who run the foundations. Halverson’s direct activism and his position as the founder of the Human Rights Foundation blurs this distinction. The human rights proponent follows his cause enthusiastically, and he is not afraid to get his hands dirty in the literal or figurative senses. Halversson started his foundation in 2005, and he has first-hand knowledge of the nature of oppressive governments. Representatives of Hugo Chavez’s government tortured his grandfather in Caracas, and someone shot his mother at anti-Chavez demonstrations, according to the Weekly Standard. The human rights activist and Human Rights foundation’s head has appeared on numerous television programs. One of his most memorable appearances occurred on Fox News in 2016. During this interview, he warned Americans to be cautious of despotic […]

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The Multiple Angled Activism of Thor Halvorssen

Not many people can claim the peculiar distinction of being a world renowned political activist as well as a famous Hollywood producer – but Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is just one such person. For those who may not be familiar with the man, Thor Halvorssen is the son of the well known investigative journalist and television mogul Thor Halvorssen Hellum of Venezuelan. After Thor’s father was falsey imprisoned on trumped up charges and his mother shot (though, not fatally) the younger Halvorssen developed a burning desire to help those who lived in closeted and tyrannical countries such as Venezuela. Due his passion he created the now famous Human Rights Foundation which, as the name obviously implies, is a organization dedicated to championing the rights of people the world over, no matter the country and no matter their race, color and creed. The organization’s official public credo is, “To ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted.” However, Mr. Halvorssen does not work exclusively within the world of but also produces films, namely, documentaries. His work in the world of documentary film production began in the 2000s when he executive produced several well received documentaries starting with the humorous and insightful, Hammer & Tickle, a historical movie portraying the way which the commoners of the Soviet Union utilized comedy and wit to subtly critic their political masters without their knowledge. However, Thor really shot to notoriety for his film work a year after Hammer & Tickle for the controversial investigative documentary film, […]

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