At only 39 years of age, the vigorous and vociferously outspoken and opinionated Venezuelan, Thor Halvorssen has made quite a name for himself, both in America and all around the world. Mr. Halvorssen is primarily known for his political commentary on various news outlets and platforms such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and TED Talks as well as his creation of The Human Rights Foundation, a nonpartisan group which works internationally to protect free societies from tyrannical and despotic rule and draw attention to fundamental human rights violations.
Mr. Halvorssen has a great deal of personal reasons to be a detractor from politically extreme and authoritarian governments, for instance his great grandfather was a vehement detractor from the Nazis. In addition, Thor Halvorssen’s father, during a 1993 money laundering investigation, was arrested on very questionable charges, subsequently imprisoned, then beaten and tortured. Halvorssen’s mother, Hilda Mendoza, a vocal political activist, was shot by the regime of Hugo Chavez whilst attending a non-violent protest of the Venezuelan recall referendum – thankfully she was not fatally wounded and made a full recovery. Lastly, his cousin, a man by the name of Leopoldo Lopez, is currently serving time as a political prisoner in Venezuela.
Thor himself has not remained entirely unscathed in his battle against tyranny either. For instance, during a 2010 trip to the city of Ho Chi Minh for a interview with a local Buddhist leader whose church was being suppressed by the local government. Thor was able to covertly set up a interview but was eventually found out by the local police, beaten and detained until he could convince them he was a Buddhist seeking guidance.
Because of this visceral and very personal experience Thor Halvorssen believes that if you want to change the world you have to do more than simply complain about it online, one has to roll up their sleeves and get down in the muck. Finally, his stand against dictatorship extends across all political aisles, as he was a vociferous detractor of the ardently right-wing Augusto Pinochet every bit as much as he a detractor from the far left, Hugo Chavez. Because of Thor Halvorssen’s belief that what is truly important is not the particular ideology which breeds intolerance and tyranny but merely the emergence of intolerance and tyranny itself, he works tirelessly with both liberal and conservative individuals and organizations to spread awareness about myriad political problems facing freedom loving peoples the world over.