Thor Halvorssen – The Bold Face of Global Human Rights

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza, known to the world simply as Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan supporter of human rights. He is also a film producer with notable inputs in the fields of public policy, individual rights, public interests, and civil liberties. Referred by Times as the advocate of powerless and underdogs, he started promoting human rights from a young age in 1989 in London when he organized a bold opposition to South African apartheid.

Of Norwegian and Venezuelan descent, he didn’t become involved in full-time advocacy of human rights until his father became a political captive in Venezuela. However, he started taking his human rights work to the next level when founded Human Rights Foundation in New York. This happened only after his mother was shot in the midst of a political protest in 2004.

The Human Rights Foundation was built to release political prisoners in Latin America and also endorse democracy. Ever since its formation, HRF has successfully managed to release seven prisoners of conscience, published books on state responsibilities and importance of individual rights, proposed amicus briefs in high-profile international human rights cases, among others.

Not only did Halvorssen establish the HRF, he is also the founder and CEO of Oslo Freedom Forum, which is described as a magnificent human-rights festival by The Economist. Some people even call it the Davos Economic Forum in the making. Halvorssen has been actively involved in human rights and also supports On Own Feet, a Prague-based peace movement for children.

Halvorssen realized that in his work, the best way to be heard is through media channels. Thus, he became involved as a columnist for left-friendly Huffington Post. He also writes actively for Forbes Magazine. In May 2010, Halvorssen bought the popular leftist Norwegian news magazine, Ny Tid. He is currently working to produce a film based on Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.”

His work has received several accolades including acknowledgment by The New York Times. His opinions have been published by notable media publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The New York Times, National Public Radio, among many more publications.

 

In a Country of Lawyers, Ricardo Tosto Stands Out

Brazil leads in the number of law schools in the world. In fact, the South American country has more law schools than the rest of the world put together. Only two other countries have more lawyers than Brazil: India and the US. A survey carried out by the national council of justice found out that the country has more than one million accredited lawyers from the 1210 courses offered by the law institutions in the country. Interestingly, this number is about a third of the total number of students who have taken law in the country, according to some surveys. The rest of the students are not accredited. One reason for this may be due to the quality of law degrees offered by some institutions in the country. Strict inspections are carried out by the ministry of education in Brazil to ensure the courses provided meet the standards required. Among the leading law institutions in the country include the Federal University of Minas and the Law School of Sao Paulo.

Ricardo Tosto is one of the most renowned Brazilian lawyers. A graduate of the University of Presbiteriana Mackenzie, he is a top member of the Brazilian Bar Association. Tosto occupies a senior position at the Law Firms and Partnerships Research Centre. He played a pivotal part in the establishment of the Brazilian Institute for Electoral and Party Law Research.

He is a successful author who has published several articles in some of the leading law journals in the Brazil and outside the country. He also co-authored the successful book O Processo de Tiradentes. He shares his immense knowledge and experience with people around the world through lectures and speeches at various conferences.

 

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