The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, has called on rapper Nicki Minaj to cancel a planned concert in Angola he claims is being paid for by a corrupt government. Minaj and fellow performer Gilbert Arenas are set to perform at a Christmas Festival sponsored by the Unitel company, which is part of the business empire of Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. Dos Santos has been reported by a number of independent groups as heading a government that refuses to abide by the human rights laws of the world.
Thor Halvorssen has written an open letter to Nicki Minaj and Gilbert Arenas in a bid to explain why the concert they are to appear at provides the Angolan government with a boost amongst younger people. Halvorssen has always been at the forefront of the movement towards providing human rights for all, particularly after seeing many of his own family suffer abuses against their own rights. Both of Halvorssen’s parents have suffered human rights abuses; in fact, Halvorssen’s father was imprisoned and tortured despite his own diplomatic status from the Venezuelan government.
Despite finding success as a filmmaker Thor Halvorssen has also sought to publicize the problems of human rights in the world. The Human Rights Foundation is the first step in forming his own organization to fight the abuses people around the world suffer as they search for their human rights. Halvorssen has always sought to fight the injustices the people of the world face, and recently stated his desire to fight human rights abuses under both right and left wing groups. In 2004, Thor Halvorssen announced the establishment of the Human Rights Foundation, which opened in New York in 2005 with a board made up of former political prisoners, politicians, and well known advocates.
In recent times, Thor Halvorssen has published a number of open letters to those who are about to perform for a dictatorship or have already done so. In the letter to Minaj the history of the Dos Santos regime is dicussed to make sure the performer and her fans are aware of the problems the leadership of President Dos Santos has caused the people of Angola.