The Kim family has ruled over North Korea for the last 70 years. They’ve transformed their country into one of the poorest places in the world and have kept their populace cut off from the outside world. Indeed, the North Korean people have suffered. They’ve endured years of famine in the 1990s, which killed up to an estimated 3.5 million people, and left millions more on the brink of starvation. If they speak out against the Kim family, they are summarily executed.
But one man struggles to free North Koreans from their bondage: Thor Halvorssen.
Halvorssen is a native of Venezuela who today lives in New York, where he runs The Human Rights Foundations, an organization committed to struggling against dictatorships around the world. North Korea is a country he especially focuses on.
Thor Halvorssen also organizes hackathons, in which computer hackers attempt to hack websites belonging to the North Korean regime. When he’s not organizing hackathons, he’s guest starring on South Korean TV shows, where he brings his message to South Korean citizens.
According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen was born and raised in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas. He headed to the U.S. for college and speaks impeccable English. He’s also a health nut. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen
A journalist who traveled around the world with him documented his regime of dozens of pills and injections, which he undergoes in a battle to stay youthful and full of energy. Somehow, he gets by on only a few hours of sleep per night.
Halvorssen’s organization, The Human Rights Foundation, employees twelve people. They put on an annual event, one of the major events in their field, called the Oslo Forum.
The Forum’s goal is to equip dissidents from oppressive countries with the money and tools that they need to strengthen their cause. To that effect, the Forum invites prominent dissidents and philanthropists to intermingle, hoping that a particular cause will strike a philanthropist’s interests.
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