Recently, pop singer Nikki Minaj boarded a private jet in order to fly to Angola. She was to perform for the unilateral dictator of the country. The same man famous for stealing from and persecuting his own citizens. The unilateral dictator stripped the country of its natural resources in order to enrich himself and he would use that money to pay the pop singer for a private birthday celebration.
That’s when Thor Halvorssen burst onto the scene. He wrote an open letter to the pop singer encouraging her not to perform the concert. He blasted the celebrity for profiting off the misery of the people of Angola.
And that’s exactly what the 39-year-old founder of the Human Rights Foundation does. The man will attack anybody so long as it’s in the name of liberty. He doesn’t care if you are an American popstar or the unilateral dictator of Angola, he only cares for human rights. And he is a master of using the public’s perception in order to shine a light on human rights violations around the world. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
Take his most recent foray into the politics of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. Thor Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation started to attack the unilateral dictator of North Korea right around the same time as the movie The Interview was released. The entire world was paying attention to North Korea because they took responsibility for hacking the Sony company in retaliation for the movie release. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen
According to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen took advantage of the entire world paying attention to North Korea. He took the Human Rights Foundation to the border towns of South Korea in order to release balloons full of paraphernalia into North Korea. The balloons were full of DVDs and other educational material encouraging North Koreans to educate themselves about the world.
And Halvorssen has been at this for a very long time. He had a hand in his own father’s release from political prison in Venezuela as a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. His mother was shot during a political protest in New York City. The political disrupter comes from a long line of political activists.