Thor Halvorssen is one of the world’s best known human rights activists, but even the Venezuelan born activist has had to fight against what he feels is an unfair view of the political world that dominates activists in the majority of arenas. Also a popular and successful Hollywood film producer, Thor Halvorssen has found himself at the forefront of the production of a series of movies that reflect his own interests in human rights in both the documentary and science fiction genres.
It is difficult to see how Thor Halvorssen could be seen as attempting to do as much good as possible through his work with the Human Rights Foundation and the associated Oslo Freedom Forum. Halvorssen created the Human Rights Foundation and set about creating an organization that is fiercely proud of its independence from political and financial interference; the University of Pennsylvania graduate does not allow financial donors to provide any direction in terms of the areas of interest or political ideologies.
Despite the decision and actions of Thor Halvorssen to guard the independence of the Human Rights Foundation he has often faced problems because of the fact he is willing to accept any financial donations for his group as long as the terms he has laid down upon creating the Human Rights Foundation are honored by these donors. Halvorssen points to a short meeting with philanthropist Sigrid Rausing who Halvorssen highlights as an example of the problems facing the activism community as the left wing donor refused to be associated with any group accepting donations from a range of organizations on the political spectrum. Thor Halvorssen has been a major part of the human rights activism community who states his Human Rights Foundation has secured the release of political prisoners and battled oppressive regimes in many of the farthest flung areas of the world.