One thing is clear as day in these modern times, some people are better in certain fields and perform better. Whether it is sports, politics or even in school, there are those of us who will go above the rest and become the best. This is also the case for human rights activism, one man has risen beyond the rest and has proven to be the champion. His name is Thor Halvorssen, and he is from Venezuela. Activism is not the only place he excels in; he is also a film director and lecturer. One film that he has been involved with is the Moon is Harsh Mistress. He has co-directed this movie with Bryan Singer.
He is known as the founder of Human Rights Foundation since the year 2005. During this time, this organization has helped fight against threats to democracy, slavery, and human trafficking. The organization has spoken for political prisoners is several countries such as Cuba, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Thor Halvorssen teaches on the issues of oppression at several institutions such as the Harvard School of Law and the United Nations General Assembly in New York. For his stand against oppression, Thor has even spoken to the British parliament about these issues. He has received praise from several media outlets such as the New York Times.
He also features on other media outlets to discuss threats to democracy and human trafficking. They include Al-Jazeera, BBC News, and Fox News. He has also featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. In his many years of activism, he has worked with prominent human rights activists such as Havel Vaclav and Garry Kasparov.
In the United States, he has unveiled deals between dictators and top paid musicians such as 50 cents and Mariah Carrey. He also differs with several senators in the US Congress.
According to a recent announcement, the Maven Network Incorporated has completed a transaction it had previously announced making it a publicly traded company. The CEO, James heckman and his co-founders presented the Seattle-based digital media network startup on its new platform. This was during the first ever channel partner conference held in Dallas last week to over 33 esteemed publishers. A good number of them communicated their intent to commence as “Founding Channel Partners”.
Thor Halvorssen’s Reaction
Thor Halvorssen, the Human Rights Foundation president reacted to the announcement stating that the vision was spectacular. He described the conference where top leaders cut from diverse interests and fields, some of which share opposing views and causes, stood together united on the need to have control over their platforms and audiences. Thor added that the experience was unique and the promised technology had the potential to expand the integrity and transparency level necessary for community interaction.
theMaven team of executives and engineers are experienced veterans from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Scout Media, NFL, Rivals.com and Yahoo! The CTO and co-founder of theMaven, Ben Joldersma, described the new infrastructure as a big leap forward from the other network platforms of the past. He added that it was great for the network to see publishers validating their business model and design by their enthusiasm to join them.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen is an advocate for human rights and film producer. New York Times described him as a “a champion of the underdog and the powerless”. His human rights advocacy started way back in 1989 when he was just an adolescent through organizing opposition to the South African apartheid. His background is Venezuelan and Norwegian. Thor was thrusted to full-time promotion of individual rights and due process soon after his father was taken as a political prisoner in Venezuela. He founded the Human Rights Foundation based in New York following his mother’s shooting at a political protest in 2004.
Human Rights Foundation is fully devoted to freeing political prisoners and promote democracy and tolerance in Latin America. Ever since it was founded, HRF has managed to secure the release of seven conscience prisoners, offered amicus briefs in key international human rights cases, produced evidence to Truth Commissions and published two books. The two books are based on the state responsibilities and individual rights. Thor is the CEO and founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, a spectacular human rights festival according to the Economist. He is the Patron to On Own Feet, a Children’s Peace Movement based in Prague.
The Human Rights Foundation founder and figurehead, Thor Halvorssen has written an open letter to rapper Nicki Minaj detailing the problems with her planned performance at an Angolan Christmas festival. The issue Halvorssen has with the concert is the sponsorship from a telecommuinications company owned and operated under the leadership of Angolan President Jose Eduarda Dos Santos. The open letter written to Minaj by Halvorssen details more than three decades of abuses committed against the people of Angola by their President as he has taken the majority of profits from the diamond and oil industries in the southern African company.
Nicki Minaj and Gilbert Arenas are the latest entertainment figures who have been in the sights of the Human Rights Foundation and its founder Thor Halvorssen. The Venezuelan filmmaker and producer has been involved in advocating for human rights groups for a number of years, and has held high level positions with a number of organizations before eventually founding his own foundation. Halvorssen has also been instrumental in bringing events like the One World Summit into being as he attempts to bring a greater understainding of the abuses occurring around the world in terms of human rights.
For Thor Halvorssen the need to protect the human rights of people from all walks of life is an important one as the Halvorssen family itself has been affected by the issue. The father of Thor Halvorssen was arrested and tortured in his native Venezuela because of his opposition to the ruling government, this occurred despite the diplomatic status afforded to the patriarch of the family in his role as an ambassador. These issues have only added to the need Halvorssen feels to aid others in protecting their human rights.
Thor Halvorssen has called on Nicki Minaj to abandon her planned concert in Angola, which he hopes will act as a signal for her fans to boycott the businesses of Angolan President Dos Santos. The fear members of the Human Rights Foundation have over stars like Minaj performing for supposed dictators is they provide a legitimate platform for the regime being represented.