When we think of human rights in America, we oftentimes take them for granted. Very seldom do we actually consider the malpractices taking place abroad. In America, when we feel wronged or subjected to an injustice, our judicial branch intervenes. Unfortunately, this is not the case in other areas of the world. Upon traveling, you will soon find countries that don’t ensure constitutional inalienable rights to their citizens. You will see protests take place, where they would’ve been honored, had they taken place in America. Unfortunately, countries like Russia don’t give you the freedom to badmouth their president.
Fortunately, there are people such as Thor Halvorssen who put their life on the line, fighting for human rights. It is in his blood. The fight for human rights began before he was even conceived. One of his grandfathers went against Nazi Germany in their heyday. He descended from the first president of Venezuelan, who helped liberate Latin America from Spain. The Atlantic mentions that Thor had quite some impressive footsteps to follow, but the shoes of leadership fit perfectly. Since coming of age, Thor has been fighting for people around the globe, thus jeopardizing his own life.
Upon traveling to Vietnam to interview the patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam , Thor was brutalized by the authorities. Despite having a staff of twelve, his human rights foundation has brought about change to the areas that need it the most. They’ve gone to places very few activists would dare to go. For this, Thor’s activism should be applauded and remembered for generations to come. All it takes is a leader to bring reform.
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