The Human Rights Foundation is an organization dedicated to the protection of human rights and is at the forefront in actively engaging governments, organizations and individuals to advance its cause. If you have heard of it, then it was probably in a setting where it was defending the rights of some oppressed people in America and other parts of the world. At the helm of the Human Rights Foundation is Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza, the man who founded the organization in 2005 while still in his mid-20’s. Over the years the group has grown to become one of the foremost defenders of human rights across the globe even though it boasts a very modest staff of just 12 employees.
Thor Halvorssen is a man who has dedicated his life, through the Human Rights Foundation, to the fight for justice among the oppressed. He is particularly passionate about defending the rights and freedoms of people who are being punished for having the courage to stand up to the authorities of the day and to tell them whenever they were going wrong. Working with defectors and dissidents, or people who are deemed as troublemakers out to challenge established authorities is one of his deepest passions. This is evident right from the kind of people he works with at the organization.
Thor Halvorssen comes from a long line of freedom fighters, local activists, and heads of state. Being a person of mixed heritage, half Norwegian and half Venezuelan, Thor understands life on both sides of the racial divide and part of his work involves activities meant to bridge that gap. And he does not just talk the talk; he walks it too. The number of beatings and time served behind bars that Thor has had to go through in his work as a human rights activist is clear evidence of that fact.