Still less than 40 years of age, Thor Halvorssen has already achieved more in the human rights community than many could hope to achieve in a lifetime of successful work. The founder of the Human Rights Foundation has been looking to find new ways of bringing the problems facing people around the world in terms of human rights to as many people as possible; after establishing the Human Rights Foundation in 2005, Halvorssen has been at the forefront of expanding the access to human rights stories for the pubic through his work as the leader of the Oslo Freedom Forum.
Established in 2009, the Oslo Freedom Forum quickly became the go to conference for all those who have an interest in human rights, and gave Thor the chance to use his communication skills to help link activists, political prisoners, journalists, and celebrities to help push forward many causes. The Oslo Freedom Forum is now seen as a can’t miss for all those with a wish to become involved in the human rights community; University of Pennsylvania graduate Thor Halvorssen has been responsible for partnering North Korean activists with Wikipedia founder Jimmy wales to aid in the passing of information secretly into the Communist country.
The Oslo Freedom Forum takes place each year in Norway, the ancestral home country of Thor Halvorssen, but has already become a global phenomenon just seven years after it was first staged. A number of other events are now being organized by the Human Rights Foundation that will follow the format of the Oslo Freedom Forum, but will be staged around the world to give all human rights activists the chance to become involved in this popular event; the San Francisco Freedom Forum is perhaps the best known of these events that are growing in popularity under the guidance of Halvorssen. Another series of events curated by the Human Rights Foundation takes the Freedom Forum template and places it firmly on college campuses where the Online footage of discussions at the Oslo Freedom Forum is regularly viewed.