The Human Rights Foundation have become well known since their 2005 establishment for being the organizers of the Oslo Freedom Forum and a growing number of related events, such as the San Francisco Freedom Forum and the college campus based Freedom Forum. However, founder Thor Halvorssen has a long history of placing his own safety on the line in his bid to bring freedom and democracy to all the people of the world who are currently living under restrictive regimes in closed societies. Halvorssen has seen his own profile grow during the life of the Human Rights Foundation as he has appeared at events including the TEDTalks series of seminars and explained the role socialism can play in a successful society to the viewers of Fox News.
Thor Halvorssen has been willing to placed his own body on the line in his work with the Human Rights Foundation as he has become a figure known to restrictive governments around the world. During a trip to Vietnam Thor and his camera operator had conducted an interview with a political prisoner held under house arrest for decades when local officials beat the pair in a bid to get hold of the film of their interview before it could be taken out of the country. The high profile Thor Halvorssen takes attending and organizing events across the globe makes it easy for the other members of the Human Rights Foundation group to complete their work in relative secrecy to help as many of those affected by lost human rights as possible.
Much of the work completed by the Human Rights Foundation has been located in the home country of Thor Halvorssen, Venezuela. As early as 2007 a video campaign and series of events was held that looked to highlight the story of Venezuelan Army General and politician Francisco Uson who was jailed after becoming concerned with the loss of human rights seen under the socialist leadership of Hugo Chavez. The Human Rights Foundation has developed a series of events that have highlighted the abuses completed by the government of Venezuela against its people and opposition political figures.