Human right activism has been recognized around the world as the only sure way of freeing unlawfully detained political prisoners. The activism started long time ago when people started being aware of their rights and privileges enshrined in the constitutions across the world. Political instability has contributed greatly in the rise of civil activism that has brought rise to democratic rights. It is difficult to undertake the process of human right activism and only the brave and fearless in the society have stood firm to condemn the act.
This is due to the increased number of political assassinations attributed to human activists that have been killed by many people around the world. However few people like Thor Halvorssen have continued to advocate for the right to equal political and civil rights. He is the founder of human rights foundation found in New York City and has been involved in active political activism. As a result, he has contributed in the release of many political detainees who had been held by different governments across the world. Thor Halvorssen was born in Venezuela and became active in the human activism world during his university life.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania having acquired a degree in political science and history. He later joined active human right activism when his father then serving in the ministerial position in the Venezuelan government was arrested. His father was a prominent personality that headed a powerful position when he was in the middle of undertaking an investigation to nub drug cartels, he was arrested and detained without trial. This necessitated the rise of street protest and atavism in Venezuela championed by Thor Halvorssen. Many people came to the street to protest and later international organizations weighed in on the matter which saw his father freed. Thor Halvorssen is a renowned and recognized film producer across the world.
Thor Halvorssen knows the value of education. The now 40-year-old human rights activist has worked hard for an individual’s right to seek out the education that they deserve. In fact, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation was the first executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. It was a conservative-leaning educational activist group that fought for individual choice in education.
While the founder of the Human Rights Foundation fights for human rights around the world, he knows that education is key. In 1999, Thor Halvorssen led a group of individuals into the Lucent Technologies building in order to demand that the massive technologies company stops creating products with the help of slave labor in China. While he and his group succeeded, his actions didn’t make much news. He quickly realized that his efforts need a spotlight in order to be most effective.
As the Internet developed, Thor Halvorssen became much more effective at using viral content. In order to make is human rights advocacy most effective, he aims to take actions that many people will pay attention to. Take the movie The Interview, for instance.
The movie came under high scrutiny when the unilateral dictator of North Korea discovered that the film was about his own assassination. Kim Jong Un ordered his henchmen to hack the Sony Corporation. They were successful. Along with a hack, North Korea successfully called in multiple threats to movie theaters across the United States if the film was released commercially. This caused a great deal of conflict within the movie industry.
While so much attention was being paid to North Korea and its hostile actions against the movie industry, Thor Halvorssen took the opportunity to shine a light on the human rights violations of Kim Jong Un. His small but effective group of human rights activists began to float balloons into North Korea filled with cash and informational pamphlets. His efforts made the news because of the pop culture of events surrounding the unilateral dictator of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea. It is concrete action along with the world’s attention that makes for the most effective human rights advocacy.
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