Thor Halvorssen is a prominent human rights activist, who is the founder of Human Rights Foundation with offices in New York City. His organization is dedicated to the protection of human rights around the world. They pay special attention to “closed societies” which are governed by dictators or repressive regimes which undermine the rights of the individuals of their state. Sadly, the world needs a lot of help from Halvorssen and organizations like the Human Rights Foundation to open up these “closed societies” for the betterment of its citizens.
We must consider the number of governments and kingdoms and even war lords who mercilessly control their populations by coercion and fear. Of the 196 countries in the world, how many have “open societies”.
The founders of the United States Constitution had created an incredible symbol of freedom and democracy to the rest of the world. We have served as an example to the world, but many monarchies continue unabated and unchallenged by their citizens.
Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum through efforts and in league with the Human Rights Foundation. Every year the Oslo Freedom Forum offers a dias for expressions of freedom and calls for aid from countless advocates, former heads of state and Nobel Prize winners to tackle the problems created by these “closed societies” and their dictatorial rulers.
Halvorssen produced “Sugar Babies,” a documentary about the human rights violations of children working in the sugar fields of the Dominican Republic. “Sugar Babies” won the jury prize at the Delray Beach Film Festival in Florida, and Amnesty International has made it a part of their tour.
Ask Halvorssen about his goal and he will tell you simply to bring peoples of all walks of life together in equality.