Thor Havlorssen and his Human Rights Foundation

Thor Havlorssen is a human rights activist of Venezuelan and Norwegian origin. He has been a human rights and social justice crusader for a very long time. He even has his own human rights foundation with headquarters in New York. The influence of the foundation that he started is so widespread that it hosts one of the largest events on human rights activism in the world.

The journey that he has taken to get to the point he is right now has not been easy. When he was growing up, he witnessed his father getting arrested and mistreated by the Venezuelan corrupt regime. His father had been protesting the scam at the Mendela Castle when it happened. Then, he witnessed his own mother getting shot during peaceful demonstrations against the government. The worst thing about the whole ordeal was the fact that after the people who did the shooting were arrested, they were only sentenced to three years on prison, of which they only served six months.

These are some of the forces that led him to become the activist that he has become. Thor says that he does not respect people based on who they are, where they come from or their race. He stated that the thing that he respects the mot in a person is finding out that they are working towards the same cause. He is deeply committed to social justice and at times, it has led him into dangerous situations. For instance, there is a time he narrowly escaped getting jailed in Vietnam for reporting about the plight of the political prisoners there.

He is also the patron of the Czech organization known as the children peace movement. Another organization that he founded is the Moving Picture Institute that deals with human rights issues. In 2010, he purchased the Norwegian News Magazine known as NY Tid.

He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied political science and History and graduated with the highest honors. He is a true inspiration to lovers of social justice.

Ricardo Tosto

In Brazil, Ricardo Tosto is well known in all circles of influence, be it government, business, or otherwise. When top politicians and leading businessmen need a professional advocate, Tosto is the one they increasingly turn to. He does not judge his clients, whatever their particular philosophies or ideologies. And, many a Non-Government Org (NGO) has benefited from Tosto’s generous pro bono service to give back to the community. Of course, many government agencies have also benefited in their use of his services.

When Ricardo Tosto undertakes litigation for a client, he goes all in. At Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados, obviously he is a Partner in the law firm, he has developed a concept he calls: good combat. He works for the power elite of Brazil, applying his masterful business and capital building advice. His business strategies are becoming legendary. He has come so very far from his early days at university while at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation.

After many years of performing business litigation for many client companies, Tosto became known as a celebrated expert attorney who many top politicians and business leaders rely upon. Some Brazilians have claimed that Ricardo Tosto’s contributions to the practice of business law in Brazil has resulted in a better economy for all. Brazil does boast of having the 5th-biggest economy in the world.

Ricardo Tosto became a partner at Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados in 1991. He personally oversees all the most-important cases. As well as becoming a major leader in Brazil’s complex business world, he has led many organizations. Just of few of his community and institutional involvements include: the International Bar Association (IBA), Brazilian Institute for Studies in Electoral and Party Law (IBEDEP), and the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB).