For those who know Thor Halvorssen, they know that he is not a man who is scared of picking a fight with the high and mighty as well as with governments. Thor admits that though he loves people, his favorite people are defectors, dissidents and freedom fighters who can’t resist the urge to throw spitballs at tyrants and oppressive governments. In 2013, Thor took one of his brave cameramen with him to Vietnam. Their mission was to try and sneak into a monastery in Ho Chi Minh City that housed Thich Quang Do, a patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam who had been under house arrest for 28 years, for an up-close and personal interview. They did succeed. The camera man was able to sneak with the video card hidden in his rectum, but Thor was arrested and paid a hefty price for it. But to him, this is no big deal. It is the price you have to pay for liberation. Thor does not believe in acquiring justice and freedom through negotiations. He believes that people have to pull up their sleeves and get dirty for them to gain freedom.
Many people speculate that his fight with the Latin American dictators is funded by traditional conservative foundations. Thor admitted that at one time, Sigrid Rausing, a very wealthy philanthropist walked out of a funding meeting when she found out that HRF, an organization he runs, had received a cheque from the conservative Bradley Foundation. However, the Bradley Foundation no longer funds Thor Halvorssen wars.
For those who don’t know who Thor Halvorssen is, he is a film producer and also a human rights activist. He became an activist while he was still a teenager in London in 1989 during the South Africa apartheid. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela, and his mother was shot dead during a political protest in 2004.
After his mother’s death, Thor Halvorssen established the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) which fights for the freedom of political prisoners and tries to bring sanity and democracy in Latin America. He is also the founder and CEO of an annual global gathering forum known as the Oslo Freedom Forum.
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