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Championing human rights at all costs; the story of Thor Havlorssen

Everyone knows that there are places in the world and even in our own country where human rights are getting violated every single day. However, even in the age of social media where some of these events are even streamed live as they happen, the majority of the population simply offers their sympathy for the victims and never think about making any changes to the systems that have led to this oppression. Well, one activist who decided that it was time to try and make some real difference in the society is Thor Havlorssen. He has been involved in the fight for human rights for a very long time.

The kind of past that Thor comes from could be one of the reasons h got into activism. When he was a young man, he watched his own father get thrown in jail for protesting the plunder of tax payers’ money by the Venezuelan government. At the same time, he also watched his mother get shot during peaceful demonstrations against a corrupt government. The most stinging thing about the shooting incident was the fact that when it happened, the people that did it were known and yet it took a lot of time for them to get arrested. After the arrest, they were sentenced to serve three years of which they only served six months. These are the events that made him start crusading for social justice.

He formed his own organization, the Human Rights Movement that has head quarters in New York. Through this movement, he has been able to champion the rights of many from around the world. One of the events held by the organization has been equated to the Davos Conference that happens annually. He has been personally involved with different legal systems for his activism. There was a time he escaped narrowly from getting thrown in a jail in Vietnam for reporting about violence against the inmates. These and many more are the steps that Thor has been taking in making sure that he gets as many people as possible the justice they deserve. He is an inspiration to many.

http://www.theatlantic.com/author/thor-halvorssen for more.