The New York Human Rights Foundation was established in the year 2005 by Thor Halvorssen. According to Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has Venezuelan descent as well as Norwegian descent. This is from the fact that his paternal grandfather was from Norway. On the other hand, his mother descends from Royalty as she is from the family of the first president of Venezuela. Halvorssen has been active in safeguarding the human rights for a while and has managed to expose several scandals over the years. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/is-this-the-face-of-a-new-global-human-rights-movement?utm_term=.hu1rbrvoK#.sgLP3Pq98
When he was working as a drug Czar in Venezuela, he managed to expose corruption in the Venezuelan government. This discovery didn’t go well with his family as it led to the capture and torture of his dad in prison.
Later on, when protesting against the Hugo Chavez government and regime, his mother was shot dead. His cousin Leopoldo was captured for opposing the Chavista regime and is currently being held as a political prisoner in Venezuela.
Thor Halvorssen claims that he adores people and also adores humanity. According to Halvorssen, he also cherishes those people who rise against oppression and speak for themselves and on behalf of others. As a good example of leadership, he let Vaclav Havel serve as the chairman of the HRF before his ultimate death.
Later on, he continued the gesture by appointing Garry Kasparov as the chairman. Kasparov was a Russian activist who was brutally beaten and carried while being punched by Russian police in a protest in Moscow.
Halvorssen has also had his experience with injustice while traveling the Vietnamese City of Ho Chi Minh City. He had gone to interview the leader of a banned church, Tich Quando.
This was a person who had been on house arrest for 28 years. He managed to tape an interview with this leader but was discovered by Vietnamese authorities. He was detained and claims to have been tortured. He was only released when he managed to tell the authorities that he was a Buddhist seeker. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/thor-halvorssen#/entity
Halvorssen often criticizes the leftwing Latin America Dictators, and for this, he has always been referred to as a right winger. Halvorssen is also famous for funding some conservative establishments in Latin America.