Around the world dictators and oppressive governments have been stripping away the human rights of their people, but in the 21st century the complex figure of Thor Halvorssen has come forward to become a thorn in the side of these difficult government officials. Halvorssen has not taken the usual route to success as a human rights activist as the latest in a long line of diplomats and political figures in his native Venezuela and ancestral home of Norway. Halvorssen’s father was himself arrested and tortured when he was given the role of drug czar in Venezuela and uncovered a large amount of corruption running through law enforcement agencies.
Over the course of his career Thor Halvorssen has been looking to bring human rights abuses to the attention of the media and public of the world no matter where they are committed; this stance has often put Halvorssen in a difficult situation with others ion the human rights activism community who do not believe socialist governments should be part of the work of activists. In contrast, Thor Halvorssen has looked to bring each and every government to account for their human rights problems, including the socialist rulers of Cuba he feels are just as dangerous as any other that takes part in stripping individuals of their human rights.
According to Time, Thor Halvorssen does not limit himself to working in the human rights activism field and has embarked upon a career as an important member of the Hollywood community in his role as a film producer. Halvorssen has worked with many of the most famous names in Hollywood, including Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu on a number of documentary projects; recently, the graduate of the University of Pennsylvania has been working on projects in the fiction genre with high profile directors.
Unlike many of his contemporaries in the human rights activism community Thor Halvorssen is willing to step into what would normally be seen as new environments not deemed friendly to liberal viewpoints. The owner of Norway’s Ny Tid newspaper has given his views to news outlets, such as Fox News and The Huffington Post.