Category Archives: Human Rights

George Soros strengthen the world around him

George Soros has become a beloved political contributor inside Democratic circles. He has also become one of the leading philanthropists in the country. George Soros has given more than $12 billion dollars to a variety of organizations and causes. He has financially contributed to organizations and people who fight freedoms that every man deserves to have including freedom of expression. He is also fighting for governments to be held accountable and transparent. George Soros’ financial contributions has been geared towards people groups who have discrimination strictly for who they are.

George Soros has financially supported the Roma people, drug users, sex workers and the LGBTI people. George Soros has faced discrimination as a child. In 1930, George Soros was born in Hungary and later survived the 1944-1945 Nazi occupation of his home, which saw the murder of more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews. George Soros and his family escape the violence by hiding their true background, using fabricated identity papers and helping others do the same. Read his profile at Forbes.

George Soros left Hungary in 1947, when the Communists were beginning to seize power. He left for London, where we found work as a porter and waiter. He attended the London School of Economics. In 1970, George Soros emigrated to the United States. Upon arriving to New York he opened his hedge fund group the Soros Fund Management, which ended up making him one of the most successful investors in the history of America. George Soros then used his successes to launch the Open Society Foundations.

The Open Society Foundations is a collaborative network of organizations, partners and projects in over 100 countries. According to Politico, George Soros believes that that societies can only flourish when they allow a democratic government to grow, freedom of expression and respect individual rights.

George Soros first got into philanthropy in the late 1970s, giving scholarships to black kids living under apartheid in South Africa. In the 1980s, George Soros spoke on the need for the exchange of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. After the Berlin Wall fell, George Soros opened the Central European University. The university became a school that stimulated critical thinking. After the Cold War, George Soros grew his philanthropy work to the United States, Africa and Asia. In the United States, George Soros fired back against the “war on drugs,” saying it does not help but only harms people.

Learn more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur/

George Soros continues to tire but still takes an active role in the Open Society Foundations. George Soros travels advocating for positive changes meeting with global leaders who will listen, both in private and in public. He is also a supporter of several organizations including the International Crisis Group. Read more on NYTimes.com.

Thor Halvorssen the Activist

Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate. Thor is a Venezuelan who is also a film producer. He was born on 9th March 1979. Thor has contributions in the fields of public interest advocacy, pro-democracy advocacy, public policy, individual rights, and civil liberties. Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which is termed as a spectacular festival for human rights. He is also the leader of the Human rights Foundation. This organization is committed to the human rights and freedom globally. Thor is the founder of Moving Picture Institute. He is the patron of Ob Own Feet which is a children’s peace movement based in Czech. He acquired NyTid which is the traditionally leftist Norwegian news magazine in May 2010.

Thor is currently producing the film adaptation of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” together with Bryan Singer. The New York Times has praised Thor’s work. His opinions have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, National Journal, and many others. He was born to Hilda Mendoza and Thor HalvorssenHellum. He is Cristobal Mendoza’s relative. Thor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History which he got from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thor’s father was imprisoned for possible bank fraud and money laundering in 1993. Thor was a freshman from the University at that time. Thor led a campaign for the release of his father. He sought help from Amnesty International which joined hands with other organizations to issue protests. His father was later found innocent and released. He was appointed as a director of the Pan-American Committee of International Society for Human Rights after the release.

Thor specializes in issues regarding human trafficking, dictatorship, threats to democracy, and slavery. He lectures extensively on human rights including at the New York City Junto, Harvard Law School, and the American Enterprise Institute. Thor is the first Executive Director and CEO of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Thor is known for defending people on the left and right of political spectrum. He believes that there should be liberty of speech, opinion, and expression to have a free society. He stepped down as Fire’s CEO and joined its Board of Advisors in 2004.

The University of Pennsylvania honored Thor with the Sol Feinstone Award for protecting student speech. He was also presented with a presidential silver medal on behalf of those who fought and died for freedom. Thor has advocated and lobbied for the release of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political prisoner.

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