Thor Halvorssen is a well known member of the human rights activism community who has always refused to follow the rules the majority of activists are more than happy to live their lives by.
Not for Halvorssen the traditional role of the activist fighting battles in his own backyard, instead the Venezuelan born activist looks to closed societies like North Korea to make the point that many in the world do not have the same freedoms as those in the west fought for by his contemporaries at Amnesty.
In the past the human rights activism community worked within itself, but Thor Halvorssen the film producer activist understands the need for publicity and controversy in the 21st century. Not only does Halvorssen himself appear on shows from Fox News to Howard Stern to raise awareness, but his group also looks for new and innovative ways of bringing attention to the goods the people of North Korea do not have.
Giant slingshots and balloons have all been used to smuggle USB flash drives, leaflets, money, and DVD’s into the nation to aid the march to democracy.
Although Thor Halvorssen does not look for personal gain from his actions he has spent much of the last few years picking up awards for his work he hopes will only add to the publicity that surrounds the work of his Human Rights Foundation.
On the 10th anniversary of the uprising in Romania the government there awarded Halvorssen an honor for his work in continuing to fight for freedom of speech around the world.
According to Biz Journals, Thor Halvorssen does not limit himself to working with North Korean dissidents, but has also worked in his native Venezuela to provide information on human rights abuses. Among the global leaders Thor Halvorssen has shown to be abusers of human rights are the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov who Halvorssen personally brought to the attention of the world for his abuses when Kadyrov paid for Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank to attend an event held in his honor.