Category: Human Rights

Defining the Rights of a Human

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.

Thor Halvorssen Dedicates His Life For Justice

Around the world, there are people who suffer from repressive governments which deny them the right to practice their lives as free individuals. The Human Rights Foundation, or the HRF, was founded because of that. Its mission is to promote the freedom of every individual around the world, no matter who he or she is. It believes in the right of everyone to associate themselves with whom they wish, practice their religion as they see fit, and in general to live in freedom.

The Human Rights Foundation is guided and endorsed by an international council that includes former political prisoners and commentators.

The founder of the Human Rights Foundation is Thor Halvorssen Mendoza. He is no stranger to the suffering of those who live under the rule of dictatorships, as he himself hails from Venezuela and his father was imprisoned and beaten and his mother was shot in broad daylight by the Venezuelan government.

Thor Halvorssen is a film producer and is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum and the patron of the Children’s Peace Movement and On Own Feet.

In a 2013 Buzzfeed profile, he is described as someone who possesses a burning desire to right the wrongs and injustices of the world. The New York Times describes him as the champion of the underdog.

In 1999, Halvorssen Mendoza became the first executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE.