According to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen is a man on a mission. The 39-year-old human rights activist is trying to rid the world of unilateral dictators. He views unilateral power, most commonly found in the form of a dictatorship, as the cause of much suffering on this planet.
Unilateral dictators, like the one found in Angola, are capable of stealing from their own people to enrich themselves, especially in mineral rich countries.
How does one man fight an army of unilateral dictators around the globe? Well, Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation, a New York City-based human rights advocacy group. This group employs a variety of means to attack unilateral dictators around the world.
One of the most successful ways that a human rights activist can attack a powerful dictator is with public opinion. Public opinion can be effectively swayed with the coming use of social media. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
Take a recent concert that happened in the country of Angola. The unilateral dictator of the country, who is famous for stealing from his own people, used the money he made from selling the countries natural resources to pay pop star Nikki Minaj for a private concert.
The unilateral dictator even went so far to send a private plane to the United States to pick her up. That that is just how much money this dictator has made stealing from his country.
Pop-culture websites and magazines began to run the story — Nikki Minaj leaves her boyfriend behind in the States to play a private concert in Angola.
That is when Thor Halvorssen and his Human Rights Foundation seized the moment. Thor Halvorssen wrote an open letter to the pop star.
The open letter started to circulate around the Internet along with the news that the pop star was playing a private concert in Angola. In other words, the open letter went viral.
The open letter was short, concise, and powerful, listing all of the human rights violations committed by the dictator of Angola. It urged the international superstar to turn down the invitation for the private concert. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/potmsearch/detail/submission/6146882
The open letter failed to stop the pop star from getting on that private jet and playing that private concert. But the letter was a resounding success nonetheless. The viral content educated millions of people on the misdeeds of the unilateral dictator of Angola. It shined a bright light on human rights activism and it cost nothing. That’s how you attack a dictator.