The career of Thor Halvorssen has taken many different directions over the last few years after the founder and leader of the Human Rights Foundation set out to create a series of events that would make a positive change on the human rights community. Halvorssen has been a dedicated human rights activist throughout his life after being personally affected by the imprisonment of his own father during his time as the diplomatic drug czar of Venezuela; despite his father’s protected status as a diplomat he was tortured by law enforcement officials who he had discovered were playing a key part in protecting members of the drug trade in South America.
The first events Halvorssen took part in as a human rights activist were dedicated to securing the freedom of his own father from imprisonment and were created as a part of a campaign Halvorssen headed along with officials from Amnesty International. Since this first event, Thor has also set out to take part in many different forms of protest and campaign for many different groups and a series of events developed by his own Human Rights Foundation such as the Oslo Freedom Forum.
The Oslo Freedom Forum was first held in 1009 and has been a major part of the calendar for human rights activists, celebrities, journalists, and politicians to attend on a personal and political level. Although Halvorssen is not interested in pushing forward his own political agenda he is concerned with making sure the activists and community leaders he represents have access to people from across the world who can play a key role with the advancement of individual campaigns. The success of the Oslo Freedom Forum has seen the event expand across a range of cities to include the San Francisco Freedom Forum and a further event focused on college campuses that aims to raise awareness of the problems facing groups around the world when people are trapped under restrictive regimes.