The Human Rights Foundation along with its founder, Thor Halvorseen, did everything it could in order to prevent Nicki Minaj from performing in Angola. However, it did not block her plane or detainee her. The foundation wanted her to make the right decision on her own. However, the musician decided to not do what was best for humanity and instead do what helped out her pocket book instead. Some people might ask what was wrong with performing in Angola and why the Human Rights Foundation should care. Thor Halvorssen pointed out exactly why it is a very important matter and why everyone should care about it.
The nation of Angola, a West African nation, is led by a dictator. This dictator rose to power due to the discover of both diamonds and oil. Many of the world’s blood diamonds come from Angola. These diamonds are unearthed by individuals forced to work, often at gunpoint. The majority of these workers are not paid at all but instead forced into it, being given just enough food and water to survive. It is more or less a concentration camp, with the profits going almost exclusively towards the ruling family. This ruling family takes the money it makes from the diamond and oil industry and buys services for itself in order to enjoy life fuller while making life especially devastating for millions of people living within the country.
The rulers of Angola requested Nicki Minaj to perform for them during the Christmas holidays and offered to pay her $3 million in return. Thor and his Human Rights Foundation instantly saw that Nicki would not only be directly receiving money from the sale of blood diamonds and blood oil, but she would more or less be supporting the dictator and his family by performing specifically for him. Thor educated Nicki and her management team on this as well, requesting her to cancel her performance and instead to not support such an evil dictator.
Human Rights Foundation is the brainchild of Thor who has worked with several other non profit organizations in hopes of improving the lives of others around the world. With his help, millions of people have received shelter, food and clean water.