The cause of human rights for all has been one that has taken its toll on many of the most prominent activists in the world, but Thor Halvorssen has maintained his abilities as one of the most respected human rights experts without abandoning his principles. Halvorssen has made much of his independence, which continues to this day as he fights to keep the Human Rights Foundation he founded in 2005 as important to all as possible.
Halvorssen has developed his own unique style that has included his decision to accept donations from any individuals and groups on the understanding the do not have any bearing on the political stance of the organization. The individual path trod by the Venezuelan film producer includes the decision taken by himself and the board of the Human Rights Foundation to highlight the human rights abuses of left leaning governments; Thor Halvorssen believes many other human rights activists are selling themselves short by refusing to criticize governments they feel have similar political views to their own.
Over the course of his life Thor Halvorssen has embarked upon many political campaigns, including his campaigns to raise awareness over the issues of slavery and a loss of democratic rights; Halvorssen has used his knowledge of a variety of human rights areas to complete talks at the Harvard Law School, the United Nations, and in the British Parliament.
Alongside his developing his usual skills as a political activist Thor Halvorssen has also decided to embark upon a campaign designed to bring more awareness to young people around the world. Halvorssen has looked to write a series of open letters to popular culture stars, such as Nicki Minaj, when they embark upon tours and performances of regions known to be under the rule of dictatorships creating closed societies.
The North Korean government has gone out of its way to discredit human rights activist and South Korean defector Yeonmi Park.
A few days ago, Kim Jung Un’s Korean State Media, NK News released a video with some of Park’s relatives refuting her book In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom and the mistreatment of citizens in their country.
Of the many things outlined in her newly-released book, Park says her father died in China while seeking treatment for cancer. In the video, several people dispute those claims. Park was defiant in her response. “Nearly a dozen people know what happened to my father. He was treated in China and died there,” according to Park.
Park said on the News.AU interview that she isn’t surprised by the video. Kim Jung Un, the son of former President Kim Jung Il, has gone out of his way to paint her as a liar and her book as fantasy, according to Park.
Park’s book outlines her family and many others were at the mercy of Kim Jung Il and his brutal dictatorship. She says she has seen many people arrested, shot and worse for rather minor transgressions. Even her father was arrested and sentenced on charges of smuggling.
Although Park, her mother and sister ultimately escaped, it was not without a price. The death of her father, the uncertainty about her sister’s whereabouts, sexual assault and other indignities at the hand of Chinese human traffickers.
“We were very lucky to have escaped the ordeal,” says Yeonmi Park. “A number of people who have attempted to leave are never heard from again.”
Park says she feels very bad for an uncle and aunt who were used in the video. “They had no choice but to say those things. I am not angry at them because the alternative was imprisonment or death.”
Read more at https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story.