The Human Rights Foundation is a charitable foundation that promotes and protects human rights on a global scale. The mission of the foundation is to bring people together to the cause of defending human rights and protecting freedoms around the world. They base the ideas of the foundation’s basic human rights on the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Human Rights Foundation was created by Thor Halvorssen, who has often been called a “Champion of the Underdog.” Thor was born in Venezuela and raised by parents who were very politically active. Halvorssen chose to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He was able to graduate with honors with both Magna Cum Laude honors and Phi Beta Kappa in Political Science and History.
In addition to his work with the Human Rights Foundation, Thor is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum is a group of dedicated advocates who devote their time to advocate for Human Rights around the globe. The forum is an annual event for advocates to gather and discuss the human rights needs around the world. During the forum, experts and leaders participate in conversations and presentations that aim to help change people’s perception of the world and encourage free expression. Together they work on ways to expand human rights and freedoms around the globe.
In addition to his human rights advocacy, Thor is a filmmaker. His films and documentaries attempt to highlight the struggles, plights, and human rights problems of people around the world. One such film that he produced is “Hammer & Tickle.” The movie is about the power of humor, ridicule, and satire as a way to spread the truth under Soviet tyranny. In the absence of free speech, it demonstrates how jokes become a code for a system for resistance and help with the disconnect between propaganda and the reality of the world. The film won Best New Documentary at the Zurich Film Festival.