The Human Rights Foundation is not political. It is also a not for profit group which embodies the rights of each and every person around the world. This group strongly believes that individuals are entitled to freedom of self perseverance, speech, a fair way to practice their religious belief, the right to be treated properly when they are being held by law enforcement, and this is just to name a few things that they stand for.
Their main aim is to help the people that that are always under attack, especially those from their so called leaders. They stress that the organization don’t tolerate any form of violence whatsoever. They try to educate people around the world about living in a free community, explaining to them why it’s so important and also how to develop and hold on to it. They also voice their opinions on political prisoners, while working closely with Capitol Hill doing seminars and short films on human rights.
This Foundation began it’s work in 2005, then opening office in New York 2006. Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is it’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. He was born on March 9, 1976 in Venezuela. In 2007 the New York Times said that he was a maverick, who goes to bat for people who cannot help themselves. Halvorssen himself feels that he has the job as an individual to right all the injustices that is wrong in the world.
He is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, this is a festival dedicated to human rights. This festival happens each year since it’s inception in 2009. Former heads of state, noble peace prizes and many human rights advocates are usually in attendance, noting a lot of them may even risk their lives for speaking about the injustice that they see. Thor Halvorssen is also a film producer and has lots of film to his credit, including a documentary called the Sugar babies, where children in the Dominician Republic are sent to work on the sugar farms at an early age. For this he won the Jury Prize at the Delray Beach Film Festival.
He said that his intentions are to make everyone feel that they are equal, as he continues to work tirelessly, righting the injustices that are seen around the world.