There are many ways to promote freedom and individual liberty in the societies that need it the most, and while the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) does not condone violence, they employ a number of other effective methods. With education programs, media productions, legal analyses, and campaigns to free political prisoners,the HRF works tirelessly to uphold and promote a commitment to individual liberty. A commitment that mirrors the passion of the HRF’s founder, Thor Halvorssen.
Halvorssen has experienced the pain caused when individual liberty is ignored as his father was falsely imprisoned as a political prisoner in Venezuela in 1993. His mother was shot and wounded during a political protest in Venezuela in 2004. While these events helped shape his deep passion for freedom, Halvorssen’s fight for human rights began in 1989 as he organized support to oppose South African apartheid. After serving as co-founder and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education from 1999 to 2004, he founded the New York based HRF in 2005.
Halvorssen has produced several films and the HRF has published two books all focused on human rights. His views have appeared in publications such as the The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Post, and TIME magazine. He has also appeared to give his views on many television outlets, including Fox News,MSNBC,and CNN. Halvorssen, who is of Norwegian and Venezuelan descent, founded and hosts the Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering of human rights activists from around the world held in Oslo, Norway each year.
Since it’s founding, the HRF has provided briefs in international human rights cases, secured the release of seven prisoners, submitted evidence to Truth Commissions, and secured the release of seven prisoners. All of this work highlights the mission of the HRF, to ensure freedom is preserved and promoted around the world.