Oppressive regimes and outright dictatorships still exist in many nations all across the world. Left-wing or Right-wing, conservative or liberal, they encompass all aspects of the political spectrum. Their opponents come from backgrounds equally as diverse and display political or social leanings that are just as far ranging. What they have in common is a belief in the rights of the individual over the benefit of the state and a willingness to speak out against corruption and government abuses.
One such group of outspoken individuals is the Human Rights Foundation and it’s charismatic founder Thor Havlorssen. Havlorssen is a half-Norwegian, half-Venezuelan with a personal and family history that is dotted repeatedly with acts of both oppression and peaceful resistance. His father was made a political prisoner in Venezuela and his mother was shot during an a protest.
His career has seen the founding of organizations and forums dedicated to the promotion of freedom and the rights of the individual. He has also published two books and played a major part in the production of several movies on his subject of interest.
While Havlorssen’s face and name have garnered a lot of attention he is only a single part of a large organization. The Human Rights Foundation, or HRF, is self-described as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that believes in pushing for freedom throughout the world. The HRF has been active for nearly 9 years, having begun in 2005. Its ideals are based on those laid out in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. They have been active in countries ranging from Chile to Russia and just about everywhere in between. Their work focuses on the promotion and education of individual rights, even in oppressive societies. They also work to arrange the release of political prisoners. Not only does the the Human Rights Foundation organizes and hosts events, it funds and produces films as well, using them as a method of encouraging a freedom oriented ideology. The work of the entire organization, Havlorssen included, has made an immense difference in the lives of those forced to live under a government that neither protects or respects their individual rights.