The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, is an activist on a mission to change the way the people of the world look at governments and individuals who are willing to oppress others and rob them of their human rights. Born in Venezuela and educated in the U.S., Halvorssen has embarked on a climb up the human rights activism ladder by changing the overall view of the human rights activism community by appearing more professional and fighting against the political side of human rights activism.
Throughout the history of the human rights activism fight the majority of those involved have been drawn to the fight from a socialist or left leaning political standpoint, which has often seen socialist governments remain immune from criticism for their abuses; Thor Halvorssen describes himself as a liberal, but also believes politics have no place in human rights and has brought to book socialist nations who commit abuses against their people.
One of the areas where Thor Halvorssen has shown his greatest success in through his commitment to bringing news of the latest problems in human rights to the people of the world through his innovative Oslo Freedom Forum format. Halvorssen believes it is important to fight for human rights while bringing new individuals to the activism community by publicizing the difficult stories of those who have been oppressed or held as political prisoners. The Oslo Freedom Forum is one of the the most successful human rights activism conferences in the world and brings together former political prisoners, journalists, celebrities, and members of the activism community to discuss the problems facing the world in the 21st century. Halvorssen has also appeared at the TEDTalks events as a speaker bringing news of human rights activism to those present at his events and makes his speeches available to all via the Internet.