There probably isn’t any activist as a famous Thor Halvorssen. As the founder of the Human Rights Foundation he has attracted more spotlight than any other activist fighting for human rights. Despite his long legacy of standing up for the rights of those oppressed he continues to approach the problem as humble as ever. He understands this isn’t something he can solve alone and he doesn’t make any effort to pretend anything else is the truth about this matter.
A Long Line For Fighters
He isn’t the first person in his family to stand up and fight for the rights of others. His mother and his father were also freedom fights even to the point of suffering serious consequences for it. Going back further down the bloodline you can find even more examples of people fighting for the rights of others such as general Simon Bolivar or the first president of Venezuela Cristal Mendoza. His birth country Venezuela has long struggled with dictatorships so he naturally has an interest in trying to change things around the world in order to make a better place for his own family.
Keeping Up The Good Fight
With decades of experience fighting for freedom Halvorssen continues to make him a known voice for people living in closed societies and a staunch advocate of open societies. He keeps up the fight today by trying to connect activists and find ways for activists to work together in order to bring about the change they want to see. It isn’t always an easy thing to do but someone needs to put an effort forward in order to create a better world for everyone. Halvorssen wants to step up first, but he isn’t going to let anyone discourage him.
In a recent article by Ben Collins of the Daily Beast, the giving of George Soros is discussed. Many people do not realize just how much of a giver that George Soros is. The latest big political movement in the United States is known as Black Lives Matter. This is a somewhat controversial campaign because it is said to target police officers who are in the field. Recently, it was said that George Soros donated a huge sum of money to the campaign. However, in the article this claim was refuted. Here are several reasons why this is important.
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement was started several years ago after a white police officer killed a young black man in an altercation near St. Louis. Many people thought that the white police officer deserved to be reprimanded for his actions. However, he was let off free without any action against him. This spawned a huge movement trying to get equal rights for black people in the United States. There are many people that support this movement in public, especially in the Democratic party. However, there are few financial backers of this movement, and many people believe this is what is keeping the movement from growing any stronger. In addition, there have been many actions by people within the movement that have caused others to turn away.
George Soros is a wealthy individual who has spent his life building a fortune and using it to influence policy around the world. Although he was not born in England, he spent the majority of his life there in business. Over a period of many years, he has been able to effectively influence people in power in the name of human rights. There are many different political issues that he feels strongly about. In addition, he usually is more liberal in his policy leanings. This means that it would have been a huge boost to the Black Lives Matter movement to have the financial support of George Soros. However, it appears that this information was not correct that got out about him support the movement.
George Soros has been able to garner a huge fortune during his time in business. Not only is he a great business person, but he has also been able to affect other people in many different ways. Over the long run, there are many people’s lives that are better off today because of the charitable giving of George Soros. However, he did not contribute over thirty million dollars to the Black Lives Matter movement as many people are saying and believing.
Ever since the Korean peninsula was separated following World War II the northern part of Korea has been under Communist control. In the time since North Korea has distanced itself from the world more and more and what goes on in its borders are often only reported by those that manage to escape the tyrannical rule of the Kim family.
One such report is Yeonmi Park recent book titled In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom in which Park recounts her life in North Korea and her eventual escape. The book documents her life leading up to her escape and how Yeonmi Park family was branded “Outlaws” and shunned by society because her Father was caught dealing with the Black Market to provide food and clothing for his family. Yeon-Mi describes North Korea as an “unimaginable country”.
Yeonmi Park in nytlive.nytimes.com is 23 years old having defected from North Korea when she was 15. She and her family traveled first to China and then to Mongolia. Since Yeonmi Park at theguardian.com defection she has become a human rights activist and has been very active on YouTube calling attention to the atrocities of the North Korean Government.
While the Government has published articles and internet videos branding Park a liar and a propagandist she has a huge following and family to fully corroborate her story. Park has written articles in the Washington Post and has been interviewed about her story by The Guardian newspaper. Park has spoken at the One Young World Summit in Dublin Ireland about her escape and what life was like in the Dictatorship.
Her book is currently on sale on Amazon and major bookstores.
Yeonmi Park gained global recognition after giving a moving speech during the One Young World 2014 Summit held in Dublin, Ireland. She recounted her experiences of defecting from North Korea. Her video went viral and within a short period, it had attracted over 2milion views. She has appeared on popular television shows to tell her story including Women in the World Summit. The challenge she has endured at only 21-years has strengthened rather than breaking her. She has turned into a vocal activist ready to condemn any oppression leveled against her people. According to the UN report released in 2014, the North Korean government was leading in regard of disrespect of human rights. Over 300 refugees and defectors recounted inhuman torture they had to go through under the brutal and tyrannical Kim Jong-II regime. According to Park, Kim Jong has turned against his people, and he is out of control. She called on North Koreans who were supporting him to open their eyes and demand quality leadership. Yeomni Park interest in activism was enhanced after watching a pirated copy of the 1997 Titanic movie. She learned the importance of love and humanity, which was lacking in North Korea. She has acted as a role model to many by publicly speaking and writing about her life in the Washington Post and The Guardian respectively. She is a volunteer for Freedom Factory Corporation, a community organization in South Korea dedicated to creating a population of open-minded people. Yeomni Park is a member of NYtimes and Liberty in North Korea, a non -profit organization that resettles refugees hiding in China to either the United States or South Korea. During 2014, Link’s summit held at Pepperdine University, Park and other activists hailing from North Korea such as Seongmin Lee and Joo-yang spent their time enlightening participants on the harsh conditions in North Korea. In addition, they educated them on various means through which LiNK was supporting refugees. Various propaganda such as tourists bowing to the Statues of previous and current Korean leaders slows the liberation agenda of the country. Some have been designed to silence her, but she always rises to the occasion. She discusses topics and life of the refugees on the popular talk show known as, ‘North Korea Today.’ She volunteered in this program to publicize the struggles and oppressions encountered by refugees and residents of North Korea. She was born on October 4, 1993, in Hyesan North Korea. After successfully defecting from North Korea, the South Korean diplomats assisted her family to settle in Seoul. She joined Dongguk University in Seoul, where she is currently majoring in Criminal Justice. She is positive that North Korea will stop oppressing her citizens once leadership changes. She trusts that Korea is one united country, and there are neither southerners nor northerners. She encourages fellow activist, refugees and forward thinking citizens to continue spearheading the human rights campaign and North Korea will be liberated from cruel and unjust leaders. Despite much propaganda to portray the suffering of the citizens as a mere exaggeration, the UN report provides evidence that justify the allegation.