Fighting Against Oppression
The concept of human rights isn’t a new idea. For centuries political thought has directed itself towards the idea that there are basic rights all humans have. The fight to protect those rights is an incredibly difficult ordeal and far from finished. Fortunately there are people like Thor Halvorssen to lead the charge in protecting human rights. Through his work at the Human Rights Foundation Halvorssen stands up for those of us living under authoritarian regimes often putting his own life at risk in the process. Regardless of the danger this is a job someone must do
Sacrifice For The Greater Good
The Human Rights Foundation is involved in some of the most dangerous work in the world. Incarceration and violence are realities Halvorssen contends with everyday. In fact on multiple occasions he has faced arrest for his actions. Despite this Halvorssen never quits or gives up because resistance is in his blood. Through his mother Halvorssen is descended from the legendary revolutionary Simon Bolivar.
From Simon Bolivar down to Thor Halvorssen this family is known for its efforts to resist the authoritarianism of his birth country Venezuela. His father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, once investigated drug trafficking within the Venezuelan government and his mother was actually shot during a protest of the 2004 referendum.
According to Forbes, even more recently Thor Halvorssen witnessed the incarceration of a cousin who dared to stand up to the authoritarianism of the Venezuelan government. With this pain engrained in his thoughts Halvorssen uses the Human Rights Foundation to not only save the world but protect his own family.
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