Thor Halvorssen is a respected name among members of the human rights activism community, but his views on which groups should be allowed to fund the work completed by activists has often led to him disagreeing with many of those he is supposed to be working alongside. The Venezuelan born film producer has fought against the stereotype that has grown within the activism community that conservative groups should be dismissed from all rounds of funding for more liberal based groups.
Describing himself as a classical liberal shows the political stance Thor Halvorssen has on a personal level, but he also believes any group or individual wishing to help those living under the rule of dictators should be given the chance to do so. Halvorssen has always looked to provide a platform for the people of the world to fight for their own freedom from tyranny; the University of Pennsylvania alum feels people with all political backgrounds can make a difference for those having their human rights limited and has taken his cause to conservative news media, such as the Fox News Channel:
Thor Halvorssen does not have the kind of character that would limit him in pushing himself and those around him to achieve their best for the future of the human race. Halvorssen has faced adversity throughout his life and comes from a family steeped in a history of facing tyranny in its many forms; the grandfather of Thor Halvorssen was a Norwegian government figure who fought to avoid the country’s fleet falling into Nazi hands during the Second World War.
One of the areas of the world Thor Halvorssen has looked to prove himself a human rights success in China, which has been an area of focus for Thor Halvorssen since 1999; along with China, Halvorssen has also sought to bring the humanitarian problems facing Uganda and Venezuela to the attention of the public on a regular basis.