In the late 1990s it appeared the well known human rights activist Thor Halvorssen was about to follow his family into the political arena they have dominated in Norway and Venezuela for decades. Halvorssen was attending the University of Pennsylvania studying for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in political science when his father was illegally imprisoned despite his diplomatic status while conducting an investigation into the illegal drug trade across Venezuela; abandoning any political ambitions, Thor Halvorssen began working with Amnesty International to secure the release of his father ans has been working within the human rights community ever since.
Thor Halvorssen has been a major part of the human rights activism community for a number of years and has set about carving his own path through the minefield of political activities and ideologies that have a great impact on most looking to protect the human rights of others. Describing his own political background and beliefs, Thor Halvorssen explains he sees himself as a liberal and stepped in to purchase the traditionally socialist Ny Tid newspaper that is printed and distributed throughout the nation of Norway that was once once home to the Halvorssen family.Through the majority of his career as both a human rights activist and film producer, Thor Halvorssen has been eager to distance himself from a large number of overt references to politics outside the needs of his human rights career.
Halvorssen has explained he now has little to no interest in politics if it does not refer to human rights, but does write for a number of left leaning news organizations, including The Huffington Post and The Washington Post.Thor Halvorssen believes every person in the world should be given the chance to understand the problems facing people around the world as far as human rights are concerned and has appeared on many different news networks looking to bring his message of protecting human rights to people of all political persuasions. Despite staying loyal to his left leaning political beliefs, Thor Halvorssen believes bringing attention to the human rights abuses committed by socialist governments that have often been ignored by traditional human rights activists.