Frequently, the scope of many people’s perspectives is restricted to the daily interactions they experience. The neighborhood, the state, the country in which we live consumes our attention and energy. Most of all, the personal freedom that we experience defines our expectations on the freedom that all people around the world live with. It is not always easy to understand or take action for those who live with injustice, whether through feeling inadequate, ineffective or just being ignorant of the existence of injustice. However, some people have devoted their lives to this task. The Human Rights Foundation, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization filled with people who are devoted to extending freedom for all people around the globe. In their mission, they dedicate themselves to protecting the personal freedom of all from oppression, slavery, censorship and tyranny no matter where they live. Knowing that these injustices occur in varying degrees, on all continents around the globe, the HRF focuses their efforts on those isolated nations that remain largely forgotten by mainstream media sources. By bringing light to these examples of persecution and injustice, they prevent the perpetuation of tyranny.
The story of the Human Rights Foundation is easier to understand when you learn about the amazing story of the founder, Thor Halvorssen. Thor Halvorssen is Norwegian and Venezuelan, but his parents are active in the politics of Venezuela. This is where Thor began his quest, and gained his passion in fighting for universal Human Rights. His parents were imprisoned several times in order to be silenced by the government, however the turning point for Thor was when his mother was shot during a protest.
He began the Human Rights Foundation after this attack, in 2004. Since its inception, the Human Rights Foundation has became very active in a variety of countries around the world, writing books and article, developing briefs for the Truth Commission, creating documentaries and movies outlining injustice, and even being responsible for the release of prisoners of conscience. This promotion of tolerance, justice and freedom was born out of Thor Halvorssen’s upbringing and personal mission.