Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a human rights activist and film producer. He was born on March 9, 1976. He has remarkably influenced the fight for individual rights and civil liberties, public interest advocacy, public policy and democracy.
He is the founder of the spectacular human rights festival known as the Oslo Freedom Forum. Halvorssen also heads the Human Rights Foundation, an organization that focuses on global human rights and freedoms. He is the patron of the On Own Feet, a children’s peace movement, and he is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute.
Halvorssen’s sentiments have featured in major media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Nation, Time Magazine, National Journal and the National Public Radio. He has also made appearances on television outlets such as Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC News, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and HBO. He was once a guest speaker at TEDx in 2010.
Thor Halvorssen specializes in matters regarding dictatorship, slavery, human trafficking, and threats to democracy. He began his advocacy for human rights during adolescence when he organized a rally in London to oppose apartheid rule in South Africa. He has lectured on the same at the Harvard Law School, The American Enterprise Institute, the UN Association, and the New York City Junto. He has addressed the British Parliament too.
During the 1999 shareholder meeting at Lucent Technologies, Halvorssen campaigned for the introduction of an anti-slave policy where the China would investigate if the Lucent’s products were produced using forced labor.
He then became the CEO and Executive Director at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He formed alliances that combined libertarian and conservative advocacy organizations. He is known for defending all people irrespective of their political views and affiliations.
Thor Halvorssen is producing a film on the novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. He had earlier co-produced the film Freedom’s Fury which relates to the story of the uprising against the dictatorship that once took place in Hungary. He also produced the film Hammer and Tickle which is about humor, satire, and ridicule as a way to disseminate the truth about Russian dictatorship.
He has also produced films like Indoctrinate U, The Singing Revolution, the Sugar Babies, and 2081 among others.