Thor Halvorssen is the president of the Human Rights Foundation, and is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum. In 2005 he founded the Human Rights Foundation; which is a non-profit organization that protects and promotes human rights globally, and focuses on closed societies. The Human Rights Foundation organizes many different kinds events. Events the Human Rights Foundation hosts are; Oslo Freedom Forum, hosted annually; Hack North Korea, hosted in 2014; College Freedom Forum, hosted annually; United Nations Humans Rights Council Member Elections, hosted in 2012 and 2013; San Francisco Freedom Forum, hosted in 2012; and Sime MIA, hosted in 2014. The Hack North Korea event was an event put together to try and get more intelligence into North Korea.
The Oslo Freedom Forum, founded in 2009, is a global gathering of human rights advocates that tell stories and express views on human rights. The College Freedom Forum educates students about their individual rights. He contributes to the fields of individual rights and civil liberties, public interest advocacy, public policy, and pro-democracy advocacy. Thor Halvorssen was the first executive director and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in 1999; however, he resigned in 2004 to focus his efforts towards making his own organization.
At the center of the Human Rights Foundation he has lobbied and advocated for the release of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political prisoner, numerous times. He opposes the efforts in Uganda to use the death penalty on same sex couples.
Thor Halvorssen’s efforts in film production have been fairly successful. He is currently working on a film adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. He co-produced the film Freedom’s Fury. Halvorssen has also produced the following films; Hammer & Tickle, Indoctrinate U, The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies, and the film adaptation of the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut.
Halvorssen’s opinions have appeared in many different magazines and newspapers, and he spoke at the University of Pennsylvania. Thor Halvorssen has done many things, and it’s no doubt that his accomplishments were all great indeed.