Thor Halvorssen is a dedicated human rights activist who works at his job almost 24 hours a day every day of the year. In 2005, he founded and continues to lead the Human Rights Foundation in New York. His family has a long history of political and human rights involvement.
His mother descends from Cristobal Mendoza, the first president of Venezuela. Thor Halvorssen has simply the most recent inheritor of a passion for serving people via human rights. His passion was given a personal boost after his father was unjustly tortured by the corrupt Caracas prison and his mother was shot at an anti-Hugo demonstration.
He has a deep love for helping people. Halvorssen appointed Vaclav Havel to chair HRF until he died in 2011. Halvorssen replaced him with Garry Kasparov. Kasparov has definitely not disappointed and has become almost as committed as Halvorssen, enduring beatings and imprisonment. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
Halvorssen, however, is a lot different than many in the human rights movement. Most human rights people are liberals in political views. He instance, he is a committed critic of left-wing Latin American politics. Halvorssen has been accused of not being a liberal because of his expressed views. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwYmcbRYi1w
Thor Halvorssen has said that he is indeed a liberal, just a classical liberal. That means he may not be recognized as such because it’s a breed of liberality that isn’t seen very much anymore.
Thor has taken his strong stance against left-wing Latin America, primarily because of their dictators which he would oppose even if they were left wing. Still, HRF has lost a whole lot of funding because many just don’t believe he’s a liberal.