Ridding the world of tyranny, a task 39 year-old Thor Halvorssen envisions. Thor, president of Human Rights Foundation (HRF) exerts himself with efforts to support dissidents while exposing the dark reality of dictatorships in our world. “…Human rights and individual liberty are not something that should be on the table in any discussion, they are the table upon which all other discussions rest.”(Labash, Matt. “Trouble for Tyrants” The Weekly Standard, 6 Apr. 2015, weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824.) Accessed 11 Nov. 2016
His vast efforts to expose the truth are in his blood. He is energized from his Nazi fighting grandfather, Øystein, who served as the Norwegian king’s consul during World War 2. Unexpectedly his mother was shot during a peace protest. Also, there is his first cousin Leopoldo Lopez, who was a political prisoner for challenging the Chavista regime, and lastly his father Thor Halvorssen Hellum, served as a Venezuelan Ambassador for anti-Narcotic Affairs from 1989 to 1993. Thor’s mission of standing up against authoritarians and tyrants runs deep.
Thor’s passion for exposing the corrupt tyrants of the world is spark-plugged by his quest to end the 70-year reign by the Kim’s of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). HRF is distressed by the reality of North Korea, “…Conducting hackathons for defector groups, coming up with innovative ways to smuggle goods into North Korea—such as stealth USBs and giant slingshots that fling contraband across the river from China…unmanned balloons loaded with anti-regime leaflets, cash, and entertainments…wafting north from South Korean border towns.”(Labash, Matt. “Trouble for Tyrants” The Weekly Standard, 6 Apr. 2015, weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824.) Accessed 11 Nov. 2016
From his intake of dietary supplements, to plans to be cryogenically preserved, and his fervent desire to rid the world of tyranny, you could say Thor is exceptionally one of a kind. How many people have willingly smuggled information and goods into North Korea for the greater good? From co-founding upstanding organizations, to hosting the annual “Oslo Freedom Forum”, Thor is a maverick who is fearless in the fight for freedom.