The Important Dangerous Job
Some jobs are dangerous no matter how you approach them. A lumberjack will always need to worry about the trees around him. A golf course diver must always watch out for alligators and other hazards in the water around him. While Thor Halvorssen isn’t a lumberjack his job certainly involves an incredible amount of danger.
He serves as the president of The Human Rights Foundation. Tasked with promoting the values of democracy and open societies Halvorssen must contend with some of the world’s must ruthless dictators. Risking arrest, beatings, and even death are simply things that come with the territory.
A Jack Of All Trades
Although Halvorssen is usually in the news for his philanthropic work there is so much more to his persona. He is also an accomplished film producer who has worked with top Hollywood talents such as Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu. Like his work at the Human Rights Foundation dictatorships and freedom fighting are major themes in his movies.
According to Crunchbase, 2005’s Freedom Fury, a true story based on the Hungarian revolution of 1956, has everything Thor Halvorssen dreams of. The people of Hungary rise up against the government of Hungary and demand their freedom despite the danger it brings to their lives.
The Center Piece
The year before the release of his first film Thor Halvorssen experienced both tragedy and triumph. He saw the passing of his mother at the hands of gunman loyal to Hugo Chavez, but 2004 also gave him the Human Rights Foundation. As the president of the Human Rights Foundation he seeks to expose corruption and encourage people to stand up for their rights.
At times he has experienced the consequences that often occur when resisting oppression. When Halvorssen went to Vietnam to interview a prominent Buddhist critic of the Vietnamese government the authorities responded with his arrest. Fortunately Halvorssen was able to convince the Vietnamese police he was simply trying to convert to Buddhism and was released. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
Beyond The Human Rights Foundation
The Human Rights Foundation isn’t the only organization Halvorssen uses to advance his goals. In 2009 he created the Oslo Freedom Forum in his father’s native country Norway.
While these conferences are typically well received there is opposition from dictatorships. As Halvorssen has intended these meetings are a threat to the continued existence of authoritarianism worldwide.
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