Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a Venezuelan human rights activist born in 1976. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in political science and history and received the Sol Feinstone Award for his efforts in protecting student speech. He is the chief executive officer of a US liberties organization known as Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). In 2009, Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which enabled human rights advocates from around the globe to have annual gatherings.
Thor is a well-known human rights advocate, and he has contributed massively to areas such as civil liberties and advocacy for the interest of the public. He is also recognized as the patron of The Children’s Peace Movement, On Own Feet since 2009. The organization is based in the Czech Republic and deals with the facilitation of the relationship between children and adolescents in Canada, Slovakia, Norway, the Czech Republic and Norway with the kids in politically unstable countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. His opinions on human rights have been published in major papers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on television outlets such as al-Jazeera and BBC News, CNN, and HBO.
He produced the film Freedom’s Fury with Andrew Vajna, Lucy Liu, and Quentin Tarantino. The film is about the popular uprising against the oppressive regime that took place in Hungary in 1996. Mr. Halvorssen was one of the executive producers of the movie Hammer & Tickle. The film explains the importance of humor, satire, and ridicule as a way of helping people express themselves during the oppressive Soviet Union regime. The film premiered in 2006, and the cast involves characters such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. He is also the producer of the documentary Indoctrinate U which is about the intolerant culture of American Campuses.
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