Tyrant is a nasty word when you happen to be the founder of the New York City-based HRF or Human Rights Foundation.
Thor Halvorssen is quite the engaging activist, as witnessed by writer Matt Labash for the WeeklyStandard.com. In a recent article about Halvorssen, Labash noted that the principles of basic human rights and personal liberty are no-brainers. In other words, these two factors are the foundations from which everything else springs forward. There should never have to be any discussion about bartering this or that when it comes to people and their freedom, he bluntly states.
Thor Halvorssen comes from quite the fascinating background with politically active parents, as his father was thrown in a Venezuelan prison while discovering government corruption there as the country’s drug czar. Meantime, his Norwegian mother was shot at an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration, and currently, Halvorssen’s cousin is behind bars as a political prisoner in Venezuela.
According to The Atlantic Halvorssen shows no mercy for those who enjoy tyranny and isn’t afraid to stand up to the corruption. He was allegedly beaten to a pulp in 2010, as he and a cameraman traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to sit down and record an interview with the patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Thich Quang Do. His church had been banned, and Quang Do had been under house arrest for 28 years.
Following the interview, Vietnamese authorities caught Thor and beat him black and blue. He was arrested and detained and eventually released.
Thor Halvorssen has not been shy about his disdain for presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. He had supported and believed that Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders would have been the best candidate, blasting Clinton for allegedly taking millions and millions of dollars from numerous dictatorships- Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Halvorssen founded the HRF in 2005 and considers himself a “classical liberal.”