Thor Halvorrsen: President of the Human Rights Foundation

The concept of human rights can be a little difficult to define. Many people think that they are rights that the government gives to people. But if that definition were correct, there could be no real objection to any governmental policy that persecutes a particular demographic. Human rights are something intrinsic to a human being. In the United States Constitution, it is stated that everybody have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As the President of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorrsen fights against human rights violations that are both domestic and abroad. The Human Rights Foundation defends several basic rights across the world.

The Arrest of Kimberly Motley

Kimberly Motley can testify to the corruption of government. She was arrested as a political prisoner without explanation and interrogated for hours. After being released, she then faced mandatory deportation or arrest (lest she refuse to comply). A corrupt government will work to stomp out any powerful voice of criticism or opposition. This is the sort of violation that the Human Rights Foundation works against. Crimes such as this occur all over the world. Whether a journalist, a lawyer, a judge, or anybody who can deter the interests of the government will be targeted.

Violations of Freedom of Speech

The case of Kimberly Motley is very closely related with the issue of freedom of speech. Citizens of the United States enjoy that benefit, and it is almost unthinkable that people would not be able to say what is on their mind. But a tyrannical regime will oppose freedom of speech for several reasons. First, if the people are rationally discussing politics, they could eventually come to conclusions that the government finds unsavory. Second, a voice of dissidence could overthrow government support from the people. Therefore, governments will disallow freedom of speech and persecute any and all offenders. This has happened many times throughout history.

Thor Halvorrsen and the Human Rights Foundation work to defend freedom of speech. They labor to see political prisoners who are arrested for the non-crime of speaking their mind to be released.


A Human Rights Advocate-cum-Film Producer from Venezuela, Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen has vast contributions in the fields of public policy, public interest, civil rights, liberties and democratic advocacy. He is also a founder of Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum has gained a positive review from the Economist. Halvorssen is also a president of the Human Rights Foundation which strives to achieve international human rights and freedom. He is also the founder of the Moving Picture Institute. In May 2010, he bought a leftist Norwegian Magazine called Ny Tid.

Thor Halvorssen was born on March 9, 1976, in Venezuela. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and Magnum Cum Laude with degrees in Political Science and History. He has worked a lot in the fields like the dictatorship, human trafficking, and democratic threats. He has also given tons of lectures on human rights in prestigious educational institutions like Harvard Law School, the New York City Junto, the United Nations Association, New York, and the American Enterprise Institute as well.

In 1999, Thor Halvorssen successfully headed the campaign in Lucent Technologies‘ shareholders’ annual meeting. He advocated for the establishment of anti-slave labor policy. According to the policy, China would have to certify that Lucent’s products were not fabricated using slaves. He was fighting for the cause where China’s Lagoi camps had done mass imprisonment of 8 million men, women, and children to serve in about 1100 factories.

In 1999, Halvorssen also became the first executive director and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE is a civil rights organization. As its head, he was successful in forming coalitions with the conservative and liberal groups like Heritage Foundation. The Eagle Forum and Feminists for Free Expression. In 2004, he resigned from the post as a head of FIRE and became one of its Board of Advisors.

Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that he is currently producing the film adaptation of a science fiction novel called the Moon is a Harsh Mistress. He has also produced movies like Freedom’s Fury, The Singing Revolution, Harrison Bergeron.

How True Is Yeonmi Park’s Story?

On the night of March 31st, 2007, a thirteen year old girl and her mother crossed the North Korea border into China searching for freedom. That girl was Yeonmi Park, today she is a world famous North Korean defector, her harrowing take of survival has captivated people from all around the world.

In the dead of night, little Yeonmi and her mother crossed into the border of China with help from human traffickers. Her father was extremely ill and stayed behind, her older sister had ran away on her own. They had tried to get word about her from human traffickers, but we’re  unsuccessful and presumed she was dead. Later that year, they were able to send word to her father and arrange to smuggle him into China. There he was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer, he died before they made it to South Korea. They had to bury him in an unmarked grave, soon after they fled to South Korea with the help of Christian Missionaries. Once they finally reached their destination and settled into their knew lives, Yeonmi began to speak openly about her life under the rule of the Kim Dynasty and her escape from North Korea.

In September 2015 New York Times reported that her memoir titled “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” was published and released on Amazon. As with every unbelievable story there are skeptics, even Pyongyang has produced a video attempting to discredit her story. Recently, took a look at Yeonmi Park’s incredible North Korean defector story.