Thor Halvorssen is standing up to the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, despite death threats from the totalitarian leader. Mr Halvorssen is the 39-year-old founder of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation plays a hands-on roll within his foundation’s ranks. And in 2013, he was “balloon bombing” North Korea.
Balloon bombing isn’t what it sounds like. Thor, along with his 12-person staff, travelled to South Korean border towns in order to release balloons over the border to the Northern part of the country. These balloons were filled with informational pamphlets, DVDs of American pop culture, as well as cash. The Human Rights Foundation hoped that North Korean citizens stumbled upon the balloons on the other side of the border. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
The information contained in the balloons is contraband in northern Korea. Simply owning an American DVDs is punishable by time in a labor camp. But it is through education that Thor Halvorssen hopes to bring down the unilateral dictator of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea.
In the timing couldn’t have been any better. The movie The Interview was released that year. The sophomoric comedy film portrayed two imbecilic friends traveling to North Korea in order to assassinate the supreme leader.
The actual supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, did not take kindly to the release of the film. He instructed his government to hack the Sony Corporation in retaliation. It was a time when the whole world was paying attention to North Korea.
And jumping on these pop-culture trends is exactly how Thor Halvorssen has risen in the world of human rights. When most human rights foundation’s cater to celebrities in order to broaden their appeal, Thor Halvorssen attacks celebrities on social media when they cater to unilateral dictators. Thor recently wrote an open letter to Nikki Minaj for playing a private concert for the unilateral dictator of Angola.
According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen’s family has been in the political upheaval business for a while. His father was imprisoned in Venezuela and tortured for his political beliefs, while his mother was shot at a political protest in New York City.
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