Thor Halvorssen is one of the world’s best known human rights activists after spending most of his life fighting for the rights of those living in closed societies and under oppressive rule. Halvorssen is not one to sit back and whine about the issues facing the people of the world; instead, the Venezuelan born film producer has looked to assist others by surrounding himself with those who understand the problems facing oppressed people.
One of the main areas Thor Halvorssen has looked to improve the lives of others has been in his approach to the leadership of the Human Rights Foundation, which was established by Halvorssen in 2005. After spending a large amount of time exploring those he felt could lead the group in the right way Halvorssen appointed Vaclav Havel as the first President, upon the death of Havel Halvorssen looked to another agitator he felt could bring success to the Human Rights Foundation in the shape of former chess champion Gary Kasparov. The HRF is now led by Gary Kasparov, who has been a major opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has been imprisoned for his opposition of Putin’s rule.
Thor Halvorssen has been looking to bring his own interests to the attention of the people of the world for a number of years and has formed a number of not for profit groups to help others with similar interests. To expand the role of the film industry in helping those facing problems with their human rights Thor Halvorssen created the Moving Picture Institute, which is dedicated to creating both fiction and non-fiction movies focusing on human rights issues.
Despite his impressive position on human rights and as a commentator for many mainstream news media organizations Thor Halvorssen showed his political awareness by purchasing the traditional left wing Norwegian newspaper Ny Tid in 2010. Often seen as an anarchist publication the purchase of the newspaper showed the many complex sides to the political life of Thor Halvorssen.
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