Thor Halvorssen is a CEO of Oslo Freedom Forum and a human rights advocate. He describes himself as “the champion of the underdog and the powerless”. Through his New York based foundation, Human Rights Foundation, he and his team has worked tirelessly in the emancipation of political prisoners and the promotion of civil and political rights around the world.
Under Thor Halvorssen guidance the foundation has been able to do the following:
- Gain the release of seven prisoners due to their political or religious views. One example of his work, his foundation team helped to advocate for the release of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political prisoner and Nobel Prize winner.
- Provided evidence to Truth Commission. (A Truth Commission is a commission who goal is to determine any wrongdoing a government or in some cases, non-state players, in an effort to resolve conflict from the past.)
- Presented amicus briefs in International human rights cases. An amicus brief is given by an individual that is not part of the case, nor solicited by the aggrieved party. The individual’s goal is to assist the court by providing information that is pertinent to the case before the court.
Thor Halvorssen founded Oslo Freedom Forum in 2009. It’s purpose is to bring together human rights advocates around the world on a yearly basis, who share a vision of peace, prosperity and freedom around the world. At this annual convention, people of all walks of life meet to tell their stories and collaborate on ways to expand freedom and release human potential for the common good of humanity around the world.
Thor Halvorssen was born in Venezuela to Hilda Mendoza and Thor Halvorssen Hellum. He received concurrent undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Pennsylvania.