Championing the rights of those who can’t; Thor Havlorssen

They say that the events that we pass through as children have a lot to do with who we eventually become. This story is true for one Thor Havlorssen. Thor is a Venezuelan human rights activist who also has some Norwegian heritage. He seems to have been born to be an activist because both his parents come from a lineage of great community leaders and were also activists. When Thor was a little boy, he had to watch his father get mistreated and even jailed by a dictatorial regime in Venezuela. His mother, Hilda Mendoza, was also shot during a peaceful protest against an oppressive regime.
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What seems to have irked Thor the most regarding the incident, which he himself reported about was the fact that the perpetrators of the crime were arrested, released and even after being tried and found guilty, they were sentenced to only three years. To add salt to injury, they were released after serving a mere 3 month jail term. He realized that human rights were not applicable to all and started his movement, The Human Rights Foundation. Through the foundation, he has been able to champion the rights of individuals and human rights groups from across the globe.

Thor has been involved in a number of large scale matches, movements and events that are meant to create awareness about human rights. His annual event, The Human Rights Conference is one of the most notable annual events on the globe. He has also been directly involved with some tough situations when trying to make the voices of the people being denied their rights heard. It is to be noted that a while back, he escaped narrowly from Vietnam where he had been covering an inmate’s suffering story. His cameramen had to use tricks to hide footage of the entire ordeal.

Thor believes that the most important discussion that should be taking place in the nations should be the plight of those who are oppressed by dictatorial regimes and other complications. He states that he only respects a person based on the types of things that they believe in.

 

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