In 2005, the human rights activist Thor Halvorssen decided the time had come to set his own agenda in the fight for the oppressed people of the world. Halvorssen established the Human Rights Foundation in New York City in a bid to make sure he was working with a group that was politically and financially independent; to make sure the globally recognized group provides an independent option for protecting the world the Human Rights Foundation refuses to allow donors the chance to influence the decisions of the group.
Along with the ability to remain independent of the influence of political donors the Human Rights Foundation has formed a board to direct its work consistieng of well known people. The chance to take an independent direction is provided by well known former political prisoners, religious leaders from different faiths, and political leaders who are no longer in power. Thor Halvorssen works alongside these board members in a bid to determine the direction the Human Rights Foundation is taking in attempting to protect the human rights of people around the world.
Thor Halvorssen has not only been interested in the protection of human rights, but has also spent a large amount of time seeking out of the best options in finding success as a film producer. In the past Halvorssen has found success as a producer of documentary films, particularly a story focusing on the Hungarian political uprising of 1956. Halvorssen is now branching out into the world of science fiction as he seeks to continue his success in a new genre of film production.
The success Thor Halvorssen has enjoyed as a film producer has been replicated by the success he has found as a human rights activist; Halvorssen has taken his success with the Human Rights Foundation and transferred it to many different areas of activism.