A planned pre Christmas festival appearance by Nicki Minaj has not gone to plan after her appearance in Angola led to severe criticism of her choice to attend the concert sponsored by a company owned by President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. The Angolan President has been accused by a number of human rights groups of being a dictator who has taken a large amount of the resources of the African country for himself and his family. The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has been the most outspoken critic of the performances of Nicki Minaj and Gilbert Arenas.
Thor Halvorssen has seen human rights abuses affect his own family as the Venezuelan family he comes from have continued to be active politically despite their continued problems with government figures. Both the mother and father of Halvorssen have been injured because of their political beliefs, which has driven the film producer to attempt to assist others who are facing problems affecting their human rights.
After spending a large amount of his life working with some of the world’s most respected human rights groups Halvorssen decided to create his own foundation free from any political interference. The career of Halvorssen has brought him to the U.S. where he has based the Human Rights Foundation in New York, deciding on how best to work with the foundation saw Halvorssen create a board of directors consisting of former political prisoners and respected politicians.
Prior to embarking on her trip to Angola Nicki Minaj was the subject of an open letter written by Thor Halvorssen that explained why her trip was morally wrong. Since her return to the U.S. from Angola Nicki Minaj has not seen the problems caused by the trip die down, instead Thor Halvorssen has questioned the future role of Minaj in any U.S. based charitable work. The Human Rights Foundation founder has stated the money paid to Minaj for her performance comes from the money that should be owned by the people of Angola and not the President of the country and his family.