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.