Ever since his days as a young man, speaking out against the injustices he saw in apartheid South Africa, Thor Halvorssen has been at the forefront of the movement to call attention to violations of human rights and restrictions on individual liberty. This devotion was instilled in him at an early age. During his college days at the University of Pennsylvania, his father led investigations against the Medellin Drug Cartel, which result in his arrest and imprisonment in Caracas. Halvorssen’s efforts to free his father gained the attention of Amnesty International and the United Nations.
Halvorssen would go on to call attention to the slave labor policies of China, asking that the Chinese government certify that products from Lucent Technologies were not produced with slave labor. Soon after he joined the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, becoming their first executive director and chief executive officer. During this time FIRE would encourage cooperation between organizations such as the ACLU and the Heritage Foundation. After his mother was shot during a peaceful protest in New York in 2004, he stepped down as head of FIRE to create the Human Rights Foundation. The Human Rights Foundation is committed to obtaining freedom for political prisoners, such as Chinese political prisoner Lin Xiaobo. Halvorssen would also call attention to the government of Uganda for its intention of punishing homsexuals with the death penalty. He also created the Oslo Freedom Forum, a worldwide organization of individuals dedicated to human rights, whose members include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and also Holocaust survivor the late Elie Wiesel. Thor at Facebook .
With Bryan Singer as the director, Halvorssen is now producing a movie based on the Robert Heinlein book, “The Moon is a Harsh Minstress”. He has also co-produced the film “Freedom’s Fury”, which dealt with the Hungarian uprising of 1956. He brought attention to the issue of human trafficking in the Dominican Republic when he produced the film “Sugar Babies” and the effects of intolerance on American college campuses in the documentary “Indoctrinate U.”