Gareth Henry is a Jamaican professional badminton player who has taken high honors in a number of international games.
An open homosexual, in 2004, he was made head of the Jamaican Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexual, and Gays (known as J-Flag) after the former leader was stabbed to death for his homosexuality. One big job of J-Flag was helping such individuals who were homeless because their families and society had completely rejected them. In addition to being homeless, the situation is even more hopeless for those who are suffering from AIDS.
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In 2007 Gareth Henry and several other Jamaican homosexuals were cornered by an angry mob and beaten by the police. The encounter occurred in Kingston’s Monarch Pharmacy on Valentine’s Day of that year. He says that shortly afterward he complained about this incident directly to the Jamaican Ministry of Justice. They did nothing. Things got so bad that in order to save his life from certain death at the hands of the police, he was forced to go into hiding. However, the police found him and kept making death threats against his life.
Gareth Henry states that in the last decade alone up to the time of his departure, 13 of his friends were killed in homophobic attacks, many at the hands of the police. Having had so many friends killed by the police, Gareth Henry knew that these were not idle threats. He eventually fled to Canada for asylum in 2008. He has since become a strong international human rights activist. His primary agenda remains seeking to have the worldwide human rights community instigate change in his former homeland.
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There are many different ways the Venezuelan human rights activist Thor Halvorssen has sought out to raise awareness of the problems facing different communities around the world that include the establishment and curation of major events across the planet. Halvorssen is always looking for ways to make the most of his own position as a Hollywood film producer and human rights activist who has become the face of a global rise in the number of human rights groups working around the world.
The major achievement in the life of Thor Halvorssen so far is the establishment of the Oslo Freedom Forum, an event that takes place annually and allows activists, journalists, and those with an interest in human rights to come together and form partnerships as they discover more about the changes taking place around the world. Thor Halvorssen is seeking to use his own funding and that from a range of outside groups to promote this event that has become the most important on the calendar for human rights activists from around the world; not only does Thor promote causes for individuals to learn more about but he uploads the speeches given by each attendee to the Oslo Freedom Forum to the Internet to promote the chance to learn more about the abuses taking place around the world.
Thor Halvorssen pays little interest to the political agenda of the governments of the world and has been known to go against the traditional view of the majority of his fellow human rights activists. Halvorssen has remained a strong critic of a number of global leaders and his role as a well known activist allows him the ability to criticize governments and figures in Venezuela and Cuba who are often allowed free reign to abuse human rights because of their socialist ideology; this view of the global governments may place Thor Halvorssen at odds with many of his fellow activists, yet Thor remains firm in his convictions that politics should play no part in the protection of human rights.