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Human Rights/Lawyers

Thor Havlorssen’s struggle for a humane society

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There are many people who state that they have a lot of interest in humane cause. However, not many are able to walk their talk the way activists like Thor Havlorssen has. Thor is a Venezuelan by birth, but like he states, he is a child of many nations. He believes that all humans should be treated with the same level of dignity. His journey to becoming the activist that he is today started with a past that has really defined him.16)

Thor’s Father took part in an investigation of the Medelin Castle when claims of possible money laundering emerged. He was arrested, beaten and almost murdered in the process. This was a time when Thor was a freshman at the University. He realized that he had to do something and championed the release of his father. The Amnesty International group really helped him in his quest to get his father acquitted. His father was finally released but a human rights champion had been born.

Then, came the incident when his mother was shot while taking part in a peaceful protest. What did not auger well with Thor was the fact that the men that had shot and wounded his mother had at first been left free and then when they were finally prosecuted and sentenced to three years in prison, they were released after serving six months.

He himself has courted controversy on several occasions. For instance, he led a campaign in 1999 whose aim was to appeal to the relevant shareholders to assist in the creation of an anti-slave labor policy, especially by Lucent. Lucent was supposed to force China to ensure that the products they were selling were not produced through slave labor. Other initiatives that he has been part of include the FIRE movement, which stands for foundation of individual rights in education. He has his own movement that is known as the Human Rights Foundation. This has its head quarters in New York City and is one of the most influential international bodies championing for liberty and equality among people of all walks of life. Thor is a true leader in the field of human rights advocacy.

 

Human Rights/Public Relations

What I Think About Online Reputation Management

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Online Reputation Management has always given some cause to question things. Some feel that the people who advertise this sort of business are actually doing something really good. Others claim that Reputation Management is nothing more than a scheme to bilk companies out of some money.

Ever hear of the big UC Davis Scanadal? You might want to google it. This way you will have some sort of reference as to what we are talking about here. You can actually click right here to find out more about it. Here’s the link.

http://marketingland.com/uc-davis-scandal-exposes-online-reputation-industrys-bad-rap-issue-176708

Well anyway, after this scandal there were many who started calling it into question. It was the UC Davis thing that started giving Reputation Management a bad name, primarily. People began to doubt companies like this, thinking they are only out to get their money.

In truth, companies like this do get a bad reputation. Not all companies are bad – According to this website Reputation Defender is a pretty solid company. Apparently they’re also connected to this company. The trick is seeing past what everyone else assumes and think for yourself.

WHAT SOME HAVE BEEN GETTING WRONG

In order to discuss this, we must first bring up the Sac Bee Report. The reporting job this company did was more or less a “scrub job”. This happens a lot in reputation management. There are many who feel the need to “wipe away pertinent information, just to make one side look better than the other”.

This is one of the biggest things wrong with companies like this. In trying to clean up other companies, they tend to pick sides. They tend to play favorites and only write one side of the story. Every side deserves the right to have their time, so everyone can hear every side. Unfortunately, some companies do tend to skate over certain facts. They do this just to get their name in the paper.

With online management there is sort of “competition mentality”. Some will do anything to get their name as “the hero for a company”. This is okay in theory, but some do tend to take it a bit too far.

The other issue involves the media. The media has become a vicious attack dog, set to bark at anyone or anything that comes its way. The media has been built up to be practically unfair to everything or everyone it touches. The media needs to be a bit more empathetic and sympathetic to what others are going through, so do the people who a writing the pieces.

CONCLUSION

Both the media and the companies themselves could learn more by being placed in these situations, instead of just writing about them. It’s this lack of emotion that causes many to think badly upon Online Reputation Management, as a whole. The industry itself is not bad, it’s the way the story gets told that tend to hurt everyone involved. It’s not about saving the image. It’s about understanding the image and repairing it for the sake of all involved.

Human Rights/Activism

Thor Halvorssen Leads The Human Rights Foundation in Securing Human Rights and Freedom Around the World

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The Human Rights Foundation, with headquarters in NYC, promotes human rights globally by raising awareness and educating on human rights issues and the importance of freedom around the world, especially in the areas where it is most needed. HRF does this by having several kinds of initiatives such as campaigns for freeing political prisoners, producing films and other types of media on human rights topics, seminars on Capitol Hill, having educational programs in closed societies and sponsoring events to inform the public about human rights issues.

The founder and president of HRF, Thor Halvorssen, is a human rights activist and film producer who founded the organization in 2005. From 1999-2004, he co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and served as its Executive Director and CEO. He is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, patron of a children’s peace movement out of Prague called On Own Feet; The Centipede Children, and has produced several films about freedom and human rights, such as The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies, and Hammer and Tickle. The Sugar Babies, about human rights violations of children forced to work on sugar farms in the Dominican Republic, won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Delray Beach Film Festival and was shown by Amnesty International France on their film tour.

Thor Halvorssen, who is of Venezuelan and Norwegian descent, was personally affected by human rights abuses in his own life. His father, a diplomat and ambassador, in August of 1993 was falsely imprisoned and tortured in a Venezuelan jail. His father was only freed because numerous human rights organizations and advocates like Amnesty International and the International Society of Human Rights took on his case. His mother was also shot and wounded at a peaceful public gathering by members of the Venezulan government security in 2004 and his cousin, the Venezuelan politican Leopoldo Lopez, became a political prisoner in 2014. Thor Halvorssen continues to dedicate his time to human rights causes, and since HRF’s founding in 2005 it has secured the release of seven prisoners of conscience.

Human Rights/Activists

The Human Rights Foundation Pushes For Open Societies

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The 21st century still sees people in certain societies living under the oppressive rule of corrupt leaders and officials despite the best efforts of activists and campaigners from various groups. One of the most active, and best known human rights activism groups in the world is the Human Rights Foundation; despite only being formed in 2005 by film producer and activist Thor Halvorssen the charitable organization has become one of the most active in the world of human rights.

Thor Halvorssen has been an active participant in the fight for the rights of the oppressed for many years before forming his own group. The work of Halvorssen was inspired by the experiences of his own parents facing a loss of their own human rights in their native Venezuela when Thor was a younger person. After joining a number of different human rights groups Thor Halvorssen finally felt ready to establish the Human Rights Foundation in 2005, basing the organization in New York city.

The work of Thor Halvorssen is not limited to the human rights activism he takes part in, but also includes his career as a film producer of documentary and fiction films. Throughout his career Halvorssen has included subjects close to his heart in his work, such as the popular uprising in Hungary of 1956 that was the subject of an early documentary. Success has followed for Thor Halvorssen, who is now one of the most sought after producers in Hollywood.

The work of the Human Rights Foundation shows the successful approach Halvorssen has taken to producing each and every project he is involved in. Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is not working alone in the Human Rights Foundation, but is instead looking to create an organization filled with those experienced in handling human rights issues. The board of the Human Rights Foundation includes a number of former political prisoners, religious leaders, and former politicians with spotless records.