Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuela-born film producer and human rights advocate. He was born on 09 March 1976. He has a great contribution for the advocacy of civil liberties, public policy, individual rights, democracy, and public interest. He founded Oslo Freedom Forum which is considered as good as Davos economic forum. He is the current President of Human Rights Foundation which is committed to global freedom and human rights. Thor is Patron of On Own Feet which is a children’s peace movement based in the Czech Republic. He also founded the Moving Picture Institute. In 2010, Thor bought Ny Tid which is leftist news magazine in the Norwegian Language.
Thor Halvorssen was deeply involved in the creation of Human Rights Foundation which was created in 2005. The headquarter of the Foundation is located in New York City. Thor Halvorssen advocated and lobbied for the release of Liu Xiaobo who was a political prisoner in China. He is also a great supporter of Rebiya Kadeer who is a Chinese Uyghur leader living in the USA. Halvorssen supports UN actions against China for the violations of the rights of Uyghur people. He often criticizes Ugandan president for his legislation against homosexuality. Halvorssen has also criticized Latin American leaders like Hugo Chavez and Augusto Pinochet for their assaults on human rights, individual rights, and democracy.
Nowadays, Thor Halvorssen is working on his new film which is the adaption of the famous novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress authored by Robert A. Heinlein. He was also a co-producer of Freedom’s Fury that relates the 1956 uprising against the communist dictatorship in Hungary. He was the executive producer of award-winning documentary film Hammer & Tickle. It is a movie that showed how people were denied freedom of speech during the Soviet era. The Singing Revolution was another successful documentary movie by Halvorssen. He produced several other movies including The Sugar Babies based on human trafficking practice in the Dominican Republic.