Nicki Minaj performed a concert for the Christmas festival in Angola Africa December 19, 2015 despite the begging pleas from the members of the Human Rights Foundation not to accept the performance. The festival was hosted by Unitel, a communications company owned by the family of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos. Human Rights Foundation requested she nix the holiday concert because she would be taking money from a dictator whose family had exploited the oil and diamond mining fields to amass their fortune while controlling all branches of the military, the government, and civil society and conducting human rights violations. Even the Kennedy Human Rights group voiced their extreme displeasure at her performance on the president’s behalf.
The Human Rights Foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at protecting and promoting human rights globally, but with focus specifically on closed societies. It was founded in 2005 by Thor Halvorssen after his mother had been gunned down by Venezuelan government security during a peaceful gathering. Thor Halvorssen began his focus on human rights back in 1989 as a youth by organizing opposition against South Africa’s racial segregation. In 1993, he became involved full time with focus on due process and individual rights after his father became a political prisoner in Venezuela.
Halvorssen is also a film producer for documentaries. The works he has produced include Hammer & Tickle, a humor and satire about Soviet tyranny; The Sugar Babies, a film about human trafficking in the Dominican Republic and Freedom’s Fury, about the uprising against Hungary’s dictatorship in 1956. The Sugar Babies targeted sugar barons who lived in West Palm Beach. It won Best Documentary at the Delray Beach Film Festival and also has been included in Amnesty International’s tour making the film seen worldwide and bringing children sold into slavery to the forefront.