Nicki Minaj Asked to Cancel Show
Pop star Nicki Minaj is scheduled to perform in Angola at a Christmas festival sponsored by the media group Unitel. She has been asked to cancel, however, by The Human Rights Foundation, an organization run by human rights activist Thor Halvorssen.
The Human Rights Foundation feels that the show is inappropriate since Unitel is controlled by the family of Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos, who many believe to be a brutal dictator and who stands accused, among other things, of suppressing – by force – freedom of the press in his country and of exploiting the tremendous natural resources of Angola for personal profit. Minaj has landed in Angola, and as of January 4th the show is still on. It remains to be seen if she will canceled.
About Thor Halvorssen
Halvorssen is 37 years old and is active both as a humanitarian and film producer. He is a native of Venezuela and began advocating for the rights of others in 1989 when he led organized protests against Apartheid in South Africa.
Halvorssen’s own background has shown him the importance of protecting human rights. His father, who was a Venezuelan ambassador, fell out of favor with the government and was beaten and tortured under false charges. His mother, a psychologist, was murdered by the same government. She was gunned down in the street, an event that was was broadcast on television. Furthermore, his first cousin, once a prominent politician in Venezuela, has been jailed for criticizing the government.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded by Thor Halvorssen in 2005. He has made a number of films drawing attention to human rights abuses in different parts of the world. Additionally, he has written widely on the subject of human rights and his work has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Forbes. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania.