Thor Halvorseen created the Human Rights Foundation in 2005, opening its headquarters in New York City in August of 2006. There are many well known prisoners of conscience on the International Council for the Human Rights Foundation. The key views of the Human Rights Foundation are freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny that Halvorseen has worked to create as the leader. Halvorseen has been a harsh critic of many governments that practice harsh punishments for political opponents such as China, Taiwan, Uganda and his own home land, Venezuela. He brings issues to the forefront that are pertinent to all people including Americans.
Thor Halvorseen sights that to deny the rights and liberty to one class of people, is to essentially deny rights and democracy to all people. The Human Rights Foundation has also been active in publicizing people who are well known in Hollywood for taking monetary funds from dictators. These actions lead Halvorseen to create the Oslo Freedom Forum as a meeting of human rights advocacy participants bringing together human rights advocates from around the world to discuss the issues that are being faced today. This gathering takes place every year and has been widely publicized by many well known publications such as Wired and Time magazines.
Halvorseen is also a part of the Children’s Peace Movement helping children across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Halvorseen has also been very involved in bringing awareness through the medium of film. He as been a co-producer and executive producer on several movies such as Freedom’s Fury and Hammer and Tickle.Halvorseen has also made the most successful documentary in Estonia, The Singing Revolution, a film about the nonviolent struggle for political independence from Soviet occupation. Thor Halvorseen has also received many awards for his hard work in these areas showing that one can work towards a greater good and have a positive impact on the world.