The Venezuelan activist Thor Halvorssen is a man the majority of us would believe to be a highly political person because of the role he has played in freeing political prisoners and fighting for human rights; however, the New York-based activist believes his political activities are solely based on helping those robbed of their human rights by tyrants and dictators. Although he is always willing to discuss politics and human rights activism the New York-based founder of the Human Rights Foundation has repeatedly stated he has no political ambitions for himself.
In terms of politics, Thor Halvorssen has spent a large amount of his adult life fighting those governments and officials he has found to have robbed their citizens of their human rights. Halvorssen himself comes from one of the most important political families in both South America and Europe, with his ancestors playing vital roles in the provision of freedom from tyranny for the people of Venezuela and Norway. It was while studying for both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and history that Thor Halvorssen became involved in the human rights movement when his own father was imprisoned and tortured despite holding diplomatic status in Venezuela.
Describing himself as a classical liberal, Thor Halvorssen has been willing to highlight the issues of human rights in relation to politics, such as his decision to allow the Human Rights Foundation to criticize socialist governments who rob people of their human rights in contradiction to the long held actions of other human rights organizations. Halvorssen holds left wing beliefs and is willing to insert himself into various political situations, such as his buying of a historic socialist newspaper in Norway that was threatened with closure; Halvorssen has also appeared on U.S. news networks discussing the 2016 elections and giving his own views on why he believed Bernie Sanders was the best candidate for the White House.
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