To describe someone whose lineage descends on both sides of his family from near royalty, it might sound like the God of Thunder, however, in this case it is a different Thor being discussed, Thor Halvorssen. Born and raised a patriot of Venezuela, Thor has become very active in the political scene and is very passionate for human rights.
Thor was raised by parents who were also involved in different aspects of political activism and supportive of human rights. His mother Hilda Mendoza was involved in a peaceful demonstration in Venezuela when part of the National police opened fired on the crowd, and Hilda was shot. She survived, but this gave Thor an opportunity to write about it and have the story published.
Another part of Thor’s upbringing is from the resolve of his father Thor Sr., who was arrested in Columbia as a terrorist, even though he was only in the country to try and stop drug trafficking. Thor Sr. was tortured before his eventual release.
Thor Sr. is a descendent of the king of Norway’s consul, and his mother is descendant of the first president of Venezuela. The noble blood of Thor’s parents and ability to fight for human rights runs in his blood. Not only does Thor participate in human rights movements, but he also has to his credit the skills to produce movies as well as has been involved in published works.
Thor has been involved in writing opinion pieces for many renowned newspaper agencies and other magazines, including the story of his mother being shot. He has also produced multiple films that often emanate the human struggle.
More importantly than the published works, and filmography is his different foundations he has founded or helps run. Some of those include the Oslo Freedom Forum and the Human Rights Foundation, both of which are dedicated to human rights.
Brazil is a federal state that is governed by a constitution, so their legal system is complex and focused on some areas. It is necessary to understand all the information about the parts that make the justice system of the country so one can make the right follow-up in the event of an issue.
First, it is vital to understand how the court system of Brazil is configured before moving into other issues. A simple overview of the court system shows that the justice system is divided into two parts namely the specialized courts and ordinary courts.
Examples of specialized courts in the Brazilian court system include the military courts, which are headed and controlled by the Superior Military Court. These courts integrate military and civilian members. Labor courts also fall under this category and these are tasked with handling all matters employment and addressing the grievances presented by workers in the country. Finally, there are electoral courts that are tasked with solving election mysteries and ensuring justice prevails in the electoral system.
Supreme Federal Court
This is the highest ranked institution in the legal system of Brazil and its roles vary from serving as the guardian of the constitution to working as constitutional court. When judges are caught contravening the constitution, this is the court that tries them and offers disciplinary measures against the errant public servants.
Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho
Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is reputed for creating a mass litigation area that he manages from an organized and efficient office. His performance in the legal system of Brazil has been applauded by many since he has displayed exceptional wit and experience in the industry. He is viewed as a leader in the market due to the influence he has had in assisting upcoming professionals to understand what the legal arena is all about.
Additionally, Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has emerged as a prolific author of several journal articles giving deep thought into the legal system and the correlation of the industry to the business world. He is also an admirable public speaker and his skills at solving issues have earned him competitive advantage among his peers.
The desire for Thor Halvorssen to fight for freedom could have its roots in his parents’ bloodline. His mother, Hilda Mendoza, is a descendant of Venezuela’s first president, Simon Bolivar, who helped Latin America gain its independence from Spain. His paternal grandfather, who served as the King of Norway’s representative in Venezuela during World War II, ordered all his country’s merchant ships to Venezuela after Norway fell to Germany. When a couple of Nazis confronted Halvorssen’s grandfather about it, he responded with fisticuffs. His parents have also been on the frontlines for freedom. Halvorssen’s father was jailed for investigating government corruption. His mother was shot and wounded during a demonstration against late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
Now it is Thor Halvorssen’s turn to take up the cause. While many human rights groups target places like Guantanamo Bay, where numerous terrorist suspects are imprisoned, Halvorssen has his sights set on bigger targets, including North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un. For years, Halvorssen and his Human Rights Foundation has aided dissident groups against what many consider the most oppressive regime in the world. He has encouraged “Hack Them Back” campaigns following the Sony hack, and sent balloons into North Korea with USB drives containing things like Wikipedia articles and South Korean TV shows, both of which could result in arrest if found in the possession of any North Korean citizen. Halvorssen has also targeted other countries for human rights violations, including Cuba, Vietnam, and Equatorial Guinea.
A regular contributor to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen was born Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza in 1976. He was educated in America at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received degrees in political science and history. Halvorssen served as the executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education before forming the Human Rights Foundation.
For his political leanings, Halvorssen describes himself as a “classical liberal.” He has also described himself as a health nut, to the point he takes 35 supplements a day. Halvorssen also plans to have himself cryogenically frozen. Follow Thor on Facebook to stay up to date with news and events.