The Importance of Human Activism in Political Liberation and Freedom

Political freedom has been realized by the existence of different types of human activism around the world. Many people have been made aware of their rights to life and privileges found in their respective constitutions. Freedom comes with a price and many people who fought for freedom and liberation ended up being killed. This was the beginning of human activism that took a positive turn towards ensuring every person around the world is treated equally. This has seen rise to many activists across the world that have fought for liberation among countries. Thor Halvorssen is a leading and renowned human activist that has been participating in the liberation of oppressed people in the society. He is the founder of Human Rights Foundation that was established in 2005 with its headquarters in New York City. Thor Halvorssen was born in Venezuela from a powerful family of a government minister and a vocal mother. He started her activism process while in Harvard University where he contributed as an editor of the university publication. Through this process, he garnered a lot of experience and courage that saw her move to become a well-known and famous human rights advocate.

His depute in the world of activism was evident when his father was detained without trial by the Venezuelan company when he was serving as a powerful cabinet secretary. This sparked street protests that were led by Thor Halvorssen where they demanded the release of his father who was innocent of the charges against him. The protest went on until the international communities gave their voices concerning the issue ion Venezuela. After the intervention of Amnesty International, Thor Halvorssen’s father was released and given a position on the Pan-American committee. Thor Halvorssenhas also invested a lot in the film industry. He has produced many films that have hit the global limelight.

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Promoting Human Rights

The New York Times described Thor Halvorssen as “a champion of the underdog and the powerless.” He describes himself as a film producer and human rights advocate.

Thor Halvorssen’s movies include 2081, an adaptation of Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The movie depicts a society ruled by a brutal government determined to make everyone equal and tells of a hero whose defiance changes everything.

Halvorssen is CEO and founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a yearly global gathering that The Economist has called a “spectacular human-rights festival … on its way to becoming a human-rights equivalent of the Davos economic forum.”

He also founded the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), based in New York, to liberate political prisoners and to promote civil and political rights worldwide. HRF has secured freedom for seven prisoners of conscience, submitted amicus briefs in international human rights cases, and published two books concerning responsibilities of the state and individual rights.

HRF’s mission is to promote and preserve freedom all over the world. It protects and promotes human rights, focusing on closed societies. The organization unites people in defense of human rights and promotion of liberal democracy.

It is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization focusing on the ideals of the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

HRF believes all people are entitled to:

  • self-determination
  • freedom of speech and expression
  • the right to worship
  • freedom of association
  • property acquisition and disposal
  • leave and enter their countries
  • due process and equal treatment under the law
  • the right to participate in their countries’ governments
  • freedom from arbitrary exile or imprisonment
  • freedom from torture and slavery
  • freedom from coercion or interference in matters of conscience.

HRF does not condone violence.

HRF promotes and defends individual liberty. It raises awareness about the nature of freedom and its vulnerability. Its programs educate about what makes a free society, why freedom is important and how to nurture, develop and sustain it.

HRF campaigns to free political prisoners, educates people in closed societies, operates individual rights seminars, produces films and other media, conducts legal analyses, and organizes events around the world.


Standing Strong for the Weak

Rare are those who stand up for the least of our fellow human beings without regard for their own lives. Far and few is the occasional, unusual pearl that shines its way onto the scene of a dark and fallen political world-system full of greed and hunger for power. Thor Havlorssen is one such fellow. Descended from a grandfather who stood up to Nazis with his bare fists, a mother shot while fearlessly protesting Chavez, and a father who was imprisoned and tortured for exposing corruption in Caracas, Havlorssen clearly shares the same fierce desire for human rights as that which has been interwoven into his family’s very DNA.

In 2005, 40-year-old Havlorssen felt compelled to launch a foundation to help combat injustice anywhere he finds it. The Human Rights Foundation, based in New York, stands as a beacon of hope for those who suffer under the heavy yoke of human-rights suppression. Although he is President of the HRF and has people under him who can do the dirty work, He himself, is right out on the front lines as well. In 2010, he was brutally bludgeoned by Vietnamese police after he secretly went into the monastery of a Buddhist Monk named Thich Quang Do. Luckily, He was able to tape an interview before being captured, and his camera man was able to slip passed the police and save the recording by hiding it in his rectum. Halvorssen was finally released after convincing the Vietnamese that he was merely a man seeking the Buddhist religion.

Halvorssen doesn’t identify as a “conservative” or a “liberal” but merely a person who wants to right the wrongs. He wants to rescue those who cannot defend themselves from dictatorial tyranny, and he wants ally himself with friends who share the same ingrained passion to do that same. He has stated, “Why discriminate?” when asked about whom he would fight against. It doesn’t matter what part of the world, what religion, what creed or what color, he will fight for the weak against governmental bullies any where his quest may take him. Find more about Thor Halvorssen by visiting his Linkedin page.