When North Korea declares war on your human rights group, you must be doing the right thing. That’s exactly what the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea has done to Thor Halvorssen’s Human Rights Foundation.
They called the human rights group thieving Americans and the scum of the earth in a press release. The North Korean dictator even threatened to shut down all communication between North Korea and South Korea if the human rights group interfered with everyday life in the “Democratic Republic”.
Thor Halvorssen is not your average human rights group founder. He is an incredibly active individual that takes advantage of the shifting winds of pop culture.
And in 2013, when North Korea famously hacked Sony due to the release of a movie called The Interview, the Human Rights Foundation jumped into the spotlight in order to point the finger at the horrible conditions in North Korea. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/is-this-the-face-of-a-new-global-human-rights-movement?utm_term=.hu1rbrvoK#.sgLP3Pq98
The human rights group has been releasing balloons carrying cash, pamphlets and entertainment goods into North Korea. They’ve also used giant slingshots to get contraband into the country. And on top of all of this, they help any defectors escaping the unilateral rule of Kim Jong Un.
It is actions like these that will put the Human Rights Foundation on the map. Instead of boring and drab human rights press releases, they use the momentum of pop culture to attack unilateral dictators. They flood the Internet with open letters to any celebrity that may try to collect a seven-figure paycheck from a unilateral dictator for private concerts or events. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
They use the spotlight of the Sony hack to make headlines about the brutal dictatorship of North Korea. And Thor Halvorssen even used the volatility of the presidential election to Promote the Work of the Human Rights Foundation.
According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen has been fighting for human rights for quite some time now. The 39-year-old has a deep family history in political activism. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela until his release was secured by human rights foundation’s.
His mother was shot during a protest against Chavez in New York City. Here’s to hoping that he continues his struggle.