Thor Halvorssen on Christian Persecution

Thor Halvorssen started the Human Rights Foundation based on his parent’s experience. His father was wrongly persecuted by the Venezuelan government. His mother was shot while she was attending a peaceful protest. After attending the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to London where he became active in protesting South African apartheid. He then went on to found several human rights organizations before going on to found the Human Rights Foundation.
One of the missions of the Human Rights Foundation is to promote self-determination around the world. Thor feels that one area where people should be able to determine what they believe is in religion. Many Christians are persecuted.
One place where Christians are highly persecuted is North Korea. Of the 26 million people who live in North Korea, it is estimated that 300,000 of them are Christians. Approximately 60,000 North Koreans are placed in forced labor camps because of their faith. One individual who managed to escape from these horrendous camps said the only place she felt free to worship in the country was in the outhouse at the camp.
Another country of extreme concern is Eritrea, located in the Horn of Africa. The United State’s State Department says that this country is of particular concern because of its severe persecution of Christians. Despite this persecution, it is estimated that almost 2.5 million people in the country of 6.5 million people are Christians.
Thor Halvorssen realizes that he cannot fight the battle for everyone to live in an open society by himself. He is very proud of organizations that have joined forces to help him in the battle. One of those organizations is the Centipede Movement where Thor serves on the board. This organization allows children living in open society countries, like Canada, to collect school supplies for children who would not otherwise have these supplies. Thor believes that the future of creating open societies around the world lies in showing young people that they can make a difference.