The growing reputation of producer Thor Halvorssen in Hollywood may be seen as a distraction from the work he completes with the Human Rights Foundation, but Thor Halvorssen remains a name feared by dictators and tyrants around the world. Over the course of his adult life Thor Halvorssen has worked with some of the biggest human rights groups in the world before deciding to establish the Human Rights Foundation in 2005; the decision to create the HRF snowballed to include the creation of the Oslo Freedom Forum that has become one of the top annual events for activists from around the world.
Thor Halvorssen often looks to the future for what he feels are the most important aspects of his life, including his patronage of the Children’s Peace Movement that links children in traditionally democratic countries with those in war torn of the Middle East and beyond.
The work of Thor Halvorssen as a film producer often brings the movies he creates into the realm of human rights activism, including his work on “The Singing Revolution”, which detailed the peaceful battle for independence undertaken by Estonian citizens during Soviet occupation.
Over the years Thor Halvorssen has worked outside the traditional political activism community and feels more groups should operate free from the confines of political affiliations. The majority of human rights activists have shied away from criticizing socialist governments who strip their citizens of human rights, Halvorssen has been an outspoken critic of socialist governments in Cuba and Venezuela because of their record on human rights. For Halvorssen there are major problems continuing around the world that need the attention of organized human rights activism groups, but many are focused on issues in the U.S. and mainland Europe; Thor Halvorssen has decided to leave these issues to groups including Human Rights Watch while the Human Rights Watch looks for problems affecting the everyday lives of millions of people around the world.