The Scars Of Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism has an effect on the personal lives of everyone affected by it and nobody understands that better than Thor Halvorssen. He has personally seen his father arrested and his mother shot thanks to the oppressive regimes of the Venezuelan government. Although he himself has managed to escape an untimely fate by moving to America, his family is trapped in his birth country and remains there fighting for justice in a society where everything is stacked against them.
Standing Up For All
His experience with oppression led Thor Halvorssen to create the Human Rights Foundation. His work there is dedicated to finding ways to promote open societies and allow oppressed people a platform that will help them fight for their rights abroad. There are various ways he manages to accomplish this ranging from documentaries to simply staging protests. Regardless of how he approaches the situation Halvorssen is endangered by the causes he stands for. Dictators do not take kindly to those who would speak out against them and they have often threatened his life over his protests. Despite this danger he continues to stand up to oppressive regimes.
A Long Line Of Freedom Fighters
Perhaps the reason Thor Halvorssen feels such a strong need to fight for the rights of others is in his DNA. His mother and father were both activists who fought against the dictatorships of Venezuela and his cousins are also involved in fighting against the oppression there. Looking deeper into his family history you find plenty of stories of freedom fighters such as Simon Bolivar and others who wanted to make a better society for everyone. His fight for justice is just the latest in a long line of freedom fighters who have sought to make the world a better place.