Human Rights Foundation by Thor Halvorssen
The best way to raise human rights awareness among nations is through participating in the activities of humans rights and learning through some of the human rights activists. Mr. Thor Halvorssen is one of the world’s human rights activists and advocates who is described as the champion of the underdog and helpless in the New York Times. He is fondly remembered for campaigning for human rights from as young as an adolescent. Thor was an active member of the team that organized opposition to Apartheid, in South Africa. After his father’s imprisonment, Thor became a full-time human rights activist by founding the Human Rights Foundation based in New York.
Thor’s Contribution to Societal Education
With his passion for individual rights, Thor was appointed the first Director and Chief Executive Officer of an education organization called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. It is a foundation for civil liberties. In the organization, Thor merged conservative and libertarian organizations including the Heritage Foundation and Eagle Forum. He facilitated the election of free speech officials including the ACLU. Thor is prominent for defending all humans equally. While most human rights activists are shy of the government, Thor is well known for his active roles in stating that all humans have the right and opinion to speech, freedom and expression. Upon denying one person of the chance to freely express themselves, all people shall have been denied. Although the facts have been ignored over the years, Thor has been sensitizing the world. In a moderated chat dated 2003;, Thor said that history had been a great lesson in impacting the knowledge of freedom to the society.
Human Rights Foundation
Through his dedication to humanity, Thor quit the Foundation for Human Rights Education in March 2014 to create a Human Rights Foundation. The foundation focused on freedom and self-determination. Human Rights Foundation was established in 2005 with its headquarters in New York. The organization’s directors include prisoners like:
- Elie Wiesel
- Harry Wu
Thor used the foundation to advocate for the release of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese prisoner having been a guest at the Nobel Prize award ceremony that acknowledged Xiaobo for his political support to Chinese.