Given human nature, there is a need for human rights activists. Fortunately, there are quite a few human rights activists that are fighting for the rights of other human beings in different countries. Activists are doing everything they can to not only speak on the issues of human rights, but to also participate in the fight in order to make sure that liberty and justice is experienced by people in some of the more tyrannically ruled countries. While there are activists that have only a theoretical knowledge, there are some that have experienced some of the injustices of the world and are looking to get rid of it because of their experiences.
Among the human rights activists that have experienced injustices is Thor Halvorssen. He is one of the people that have not only experienced injustice, but has also come from parents that have experienced injustice partially because of what they know and stand for. With a father that has been imprison and a mother that has been shot, Thor Halvorssen is one of the people that have experienced first hand the consequences of human rights violations. Therefore, he is very passionate about bringing forth justice in an unjust world. Click here to watch video.
One thing that is admirable about Thor is that he has a lot of energy that he is willing to put forth towards the cause. He is also someone that has a genuine love for humans and people. This is actually a required trait in order to have a desire to fight for the rights of others. He is also someone that stands against injustice, no matter what side is doing the injustice. He is neither a right wing or a left wing type of person. He wants justice for all, no matter what political affiliation they associate themselves with.
If most people were asked what their goal in life was, many would say that they want to leave the world better than it was. Unfortunately, this goal is often a trite one-liner more than an actual ambition. People will give lip service to the idea of doing good, but the cares of life can be too much and they will not make the time or the effort to reach that goal. On the other hand, there are those who truly are philanthropists, who actually exert effort to change the world. Thor Halvorrsen is among these inspiring and self-sacrificial individuals.
He Founded The Oslo Freedom Forum
The Oslo Freedom Forum is a human rights organization. They emphasize human value and virtue, arguing that people have intrinsic worth. The man living in a hole on the other side of the world with no friends and no purpose in life has value. Their key emphasis is the idea that despite the nation or race of an individual, she will still be worth something and deserves basic human rights. That is why many of their speakers will be men and women from different nations across the world to tell of their struggles and the oppression.
Lucent Technologies And Slave Labor
When a westerner thinks of slavery, she will likely think of the atrocities that occurred during the early years of the United States. She may be thankful that it is over. But the truth is that it is not over. It may be occurring on American soil, but it is certainly not over. Halvorrsen launched a campaign at Lucent Technologies to combat the atrocity of slavery abroad. His campaign pressured China to certify that their products had not been manufactured by slave laborers. This would seriously mitigate the financial prosperity of slavery.
Halvorrsen is a true philanthropist and somebody who many across the world admire. He is a member of a persecuted family, as he currently has relatives who are political prisoners in Venezuela. Both of his parents were murdered as political prisoners. Rather than being bitter, he lives to bring good into the world.