The Life Shattering Tragedies
The dictatorships of Venezuela have produced tragedy for Thor Halvorssen more than once in his life time. In the 90s his father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, was arrested and falsely charged for efforts to investigate corruption within the Venezuelan government. Later on in 2004 he experienced an even more haunting tragedy with the death of his mother, Hilda Mendoza, at the hands of supporters of Hugo Chavez. These personal tragedies have had an effect of Halvorssen and made him into the freedom fighter he is today.
Standing Up For His Family
The biggest way that he fights for his family and for his birth country is through the Human Rights Foundation. For years the Human Rights Foundation has focused on trying to find ways to support the end of oppressive regimes and give people the power to decide how they will live their lives. The work he does has produced controversy and he has even faced the risk of violence for trying to expose corruption. Despite this he continues on and tries to pursue his goal with all of the might possible. Even to the point of risking his life.
Where His Work Stands Today
He continues to try to impact the lives of others and find ways to promote open societies. His work isn’t always easy but he doesn’t work alone. Thanks to the Oslo Freedom Forum, a meeting of human rights activists around the world. He is able to unite people together in their fight to spread freedom. Working with other activists he draws closer towards his dream of an open society for all. His fight isn’t an easy one but he knows he needs to take every step he can in order to work towards the bigger picture.