Category Archives: Human Rights Activist

Thor Halvorssen: Leader of the People

Founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, and founder and CEO of the Human Rights Foundation, highly decorated human rights activist, Thor Halvorssen Mendoza (More commonly known as Thor Halvorssen) is now without a doubt one of the most exceptional people on the planet. Choosing to make his life a focus of extreme generosity by looking out to protect the people in every way he’s found out how, Thor Halvorssen has definitely made a huge positive difference in the world today.

Lending his assistance in areas such as public policy, public interest advocacy, civil liberties, pro-democracy advocacy, and individual rights he’s quickly becoming branded as the “spectacular human rights festival… on its way to becoming a human rights equivalent of the Davos economic forum,” by The Economist and everyone else with two ears, two eyes, and a decent understanding of how reality works. It truly is amazing how much good one person can do in the world. Thor is not only helping our world in advocacy, but thanks to his extreme, unwavering devotion to an extraordinarily worthy cause, he has become an idol to many young men and women today, inspiring them to spark change and not be afraid to stand up in the face of controversy in order to make a positive difference.

Appearing in highly respected publications/outlets, such as National Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Nation, Time magazine, and The Wall Street Journal Halvorssen is getting a chance most of us dream of: speak and be heard… And he most definitely has been heard. Achieving the honor of being presented with the Sol Feinstone Award for fighting to protect student speech, there’s no understandable reason anyone could be at odds with this beacon of hope in a sea of monsters. It is impressive to say the least, all what this brilliant man has achieved and we are looking to him in solidarity, braving the worlds to speak up because he has inspired us all to stand up for what’s right. We owe Thor Halvorssen Mendoza our deepest appreciation and respects, for he has put his neck out on the line to do what few people are trying at protecting, basic human rights and the freedom to exist in a world that treats everyone as equals, no matter their background, class, or ethnicity. Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is the Leader of the People.

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Yeonmi Park: One Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park is a human rights activists that speaks out against the of the regime and living conditions within North Korea. This young lady left North Korea in 2007 and barely escaped with her life. She also has written and released a book on Amazon about her ordeal titled: In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom. In the book she describes the horrifying trials and situations that she had to face in order for her family to make it to freedom in South Korea.
This story takes place in North Korea where Park grew up in poverty. Her father eventually had to turn to smuggling to support his family. He was eventually arrested for his activities. Yeonmi’s father was also a political activist that spoke out against the former Kim Il Jung regime. While in prison he came across fellow political party members who wanted to leave North Korea. When he got out of jail he decided to take his family out of the country into the south.

Park’s father had decided to send his wife and two daughters ahead of him and he would meet up with them at a future date. Right before the family was ready to leave; Park’s older sister decided to go to South Korea with the aid of a friend. Her family had no idea where she was and they had to leave without her. Park’s mother and she began a long and dangerous journey to the south. They had to travel with human smugglers, outwit Chinese security forces as they crossed the border and be on guard against the human predators that roamed the smuggling routes.

Eventually, Park and her mother made it to South Korea. However, her family paid a huge price. Park’s father died of cancer shortly after he reached his family. Park and her mom had to continue on with the smugglers but this proved to be an extremely difficult thing to do. They eventually made it to South Korea. Shortly after they had arrived, the two survivors had discovered where their sister was located. The two women are now living in New York City and telling the world about their ordeal. You can find out more about Yeonmi Park’s story on Reason.com. Or watch her speeches on YouTube.com.