Thor Halvorssen has seen his fair share of trouble. When the 39-year-old head of the Human Rights Foundation was a young boy, his father was taken into custody in Venezuela. His father became a political prisoner of the unilateral socialist dictator of the country. He was beaten and treated inhumanely until his release could be negotiated by human rights groups around the world.
Now you might think this would leave a young Thor Halvorssen in a state of bitterness. And you might think that the human rights activist would inherently become anti-socialist. Instead, the articulate young man turned his experience into energy and anger while focusing that energy at the proper enemy — unilateral dictators.
In an interview with Fox News, Halvorssen explained that different types of governments can all exist in harmony. A socialist government can exist right alongside a Republic so long as a few basic tenants are met. The governments must show a willingness to separate powers and have checks and balances. And that government must be a democracy.
In the end, the type of government is not the enemy, it is concentrated unilateral power. This is what Thor Halvorssen and his Human Rights Foundation targets as the root of all human rights violations. In fact, the Human Rights Foundation’s 12 person staff does not waste any energy going after democracies around the world. They only take their time to attack unilateral powers that abuse human rights.
The most recent government that they are focusing on is North Korea. The Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea is run by a third-generation unilateral dictator by the name of Kim Jong Un. The dictator inherited the country from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who inherited the countries rule from his father. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/is-this-the-face-of-a-new-global-human-rights-movement?utm_term=.hu1rbrvoK#.sgLP3Pq98
Kim Jon Un’s rise to power has been a violent one at the expense of his people. He has poured his country’s resources into the military while turning a blind eye to famine and poverty in his own country. It is estimated that 3.5 million people in North Korea have died due to starvation and the Human Rights Foundation wants the world to know this.
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