The Most Important Organizations Created by Thor Halvorssen

The Human Rights Foundation

Founded in 2004, the Human Rights Foundation is dedicated to empowering oppressed people and helping them resist oppressive governments. It is where Halvorssen does the majority of his work and it has given the most notability to his name. For the most part, the Human Rights foundation focuses on specific cases of injustice or oppression, for example a political prisoner, and advocates for individuals involved in that specific case. This allows Halvorssen to have an impact even when he is unable to perform direct action.11)

Foundation For Individual Rights In Education

In 1999, Halvorssen took on the role of executive director for FIRE. Devoted to finding ways to defend civil liberties in academia, this organization is specifically devoted to promoting a college environment conducive to expression of political opinions without censorship. In recent years, many college campuses have taken on a distinctively left wing biased view and discouraged opinions differing from this world view. Halvorssen’s work at FIRE has helped to improve the situation, but the fight is still ongoing. Across America, college campuses are still using speech codes to stifle supposedly offensive speech.

Moving Picture Institute

One of the most important methods Halvorssen uses to support human rights is film. He created the Moving Pictures Institute to promote movies that advance his agenda. For the most part these movies consist of documentaries Halvorssen has created in order to highlight important human rights abuses, but some of the films are also fictional. Occasionally he’ll make a movie that has nothing at all to do with human rights such Indoctrinate U, a movie about political bias on college campuses. With both artistic and political aspirations, it’s easily one of his most influential creations.

Oslo Freedom Forum

The Oslo Freedom Forum is an event sponsored by the Human Rights Foundation that focuses on ways to unite and organize the global movement for human rights. It is hosted by Halvorssen in the country of his father’s family, Norway. At these forums he spreads awareness to the causes he finds important and rallies support for the fight against oppression.