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Thor and His Contributions to Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and a film producer from Venezuela. Halvorssen has made significant contributions in public interest advocacy, and individual rights. Halvorssen established the Oslo Freedom Initiative, a human rights festival convened annually. The Economist , on one occasion stated that the Oslo Freedom Forum is the equivalent of the Davos Economic Forum. Thor is also the president of an organization dedicated to human rights and justice, the Human Rights Foundation.

Thor Halvorssen’s interest in human rights started in 1989, while he was still an adolescent living in London. While here, he organized opposition to the apartheid system in South Africa. He ventured fully into promoting individual rights and due process after his father was held in Venezuela as a political prisoner. He established the Human Rights Foundation when his mother got shot in a political protest in New York, in 2004. HRF has dedicated itself to promoting democracy and liberating political prisoners in Latin America. So far, HRF has been able to influence the release of seven prisoners of conscience, been involved in international cases on human rights by providing amicus briefs, and has published two editions on human rights issues.

Political Involvement
Halvorssen has repeatedly advocated and lobbied for the release of Lui Xiaobo, a political prisoner. Halvorssen has also shown his support for Rebiya Kadeer, a Chinese Uyghur leader, and has been opposed to travel bans imposed on Kadeer by the Tawainese government. Halvorssen is a critic of Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president for his efforts to sentence homosexuals to the death penalty. Halvorssen has constantly criticized Hugo Chavez, and has been opposed to Venezuela’s anti Semitism and anti-democracy in Latin America.

Film Production
Halvorssen is currently in the process of producing a film that is an adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. Halvorssen assisted in the production of the film, Freedom’s Fury, also produced by Quentin Tarantino, Andrew Vajna, and Lucy Liu. The film narrates the story of the 1956 uprising against dictatorship in Hungary. Halvorssen also produced a film called Hammer & Tickle. The film is about how humor, satire, and ridicule were used in the Soviet Regime to resist the system during a time when free speech was prohibited.

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Excitement Builds Further After The Long Awaited Lovaganza Announcement Dates

The concept of Lovaganza is a wonderful one. It is an organization that is geared towards making a huge impact in a positive way on those who need it most. With the proceeds from the spectacle of their fantastic shows, they plan to do many things. Some of which include feeding and housing homeless and hungry children and families, provide safe zones in war-torn areas, clean water to drink and much more than this.

This is quite possibly the main reason for the anticipation of this event to be at a fever pitch. People helping people. This is the driving force of the organization and their cause on This was also the main reason for so many folks to be disappointed back in 2015 when the date was pushed back to 2020. The decision to do so was to make use of the upcoming technologies which weren’t available at the original announcement date.

This Bohemian style show of Lovaganza around the world is going to be sure to captivate its massive and diverse audience in a show of appreciation. The other announcement is of their traveling show that will not only make use of these new technologies but will also be spreading the message about their mission statement for the cause. The Lovaganza traveling show will hit the streets in 2017 and is sure to give spectators a treat and a taste of the show that is to come in 2020. A lot of the excitement around this traveling show is a display of their new 3D film technology that doesn’t require glasses for viewing.

This alone is enough to get many people interested in what’s to come. The films will also be displayed in 2D and 3D theaters around the globe. The scope of Lovaganza is huge with an emphasis on the diversity of human cultures and how we interact with them. The goals of the organization are really two-fold. Use the funds to put on a better show for the masses while generating income to help a number of regional and global initiatives. With all of the excitement around the coming attractions, they are sure to achieve these lofty goals.

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Lovaganza from Colin Hesterly on Vimeo.