If you thought that Thor Halvorssen was of Norwegian descent based on his name, you would be half right. Halvorssen’s grandfather from his father’s side was a consul in Venezuela during World War II.
He managed to save the Norwegian fleet from the Nazis by moving them to Venezuela’s ports. When Nazis protested his actions, the Norwegian consul had fistfights with the Nazis.
On his mother’s side Thor Havlorssen shares a bloodline that also has strong ties to leaders of liberty. His mother claims to be descended from Simon Bolivar who was nicknamed the “liberator” for helping to throw off colonial Spanish rule in South America. Halvorssen’s mother is also a descendant of Venezuela’s first democratically elected president, Cristóbal Mendoza.
Fighting for freedom is in Thor Halvorssen’s bloodline and goes back generations. Mr. Halvorssen was born in Caracas, Venezuela and speaks fluent Spanish, English and Norwegian. You can read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania and while in the United States he founded the Human Rights Foundation in New York.
Thor Halvorssen believes that in order to fight for freedom you need to get your hands dirty. In other words, you have to take action and get involved. He does not believe in just publishing reports and hoping that it will get attention.
According to Biz Journals, Thor Halvorssen has traveled to Vietnam to speak directly to the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. This Buddhist organization had been banned by the Vietnamese government who had cracked down on all forms of organized religion within the country.
Trying to speak to Thich Quang Do, Thor braved a severe beating and imprisonment to speak to the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam leader who had been under house arrest for almost 30 years.
Thor’s mission was successful and his group even managed to sneak out an interview with Thich Quang Do of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. Mr. Halvorssen sponsors the Oslo Freedom Forum which brings together dissidents, political activists, reporters and government officials together.
He takes pride in the fact that he fights all manners of tyranny, be it from a communist regime, a religious regime or a military dictatorship. To Thor, fighting for liberty knows no bounds.
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