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TRENDING List of Famous Human Rights Activists

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List of famous human rights activists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top human rights activists in the world? This includes the most prominent human rights activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable human rights activists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic human rights activists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned human rights activists.

List contains people who fight and fought for human rights like Malcolm X and Juliette Binoche. Featuring famous human rights leaders of history and the present, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known human rights activists to the lesser known human rights activists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the human rights activist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous human rights activists ever?" and "What are the names of famous human rights activists?" then you're in the right place. 
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1925-1965)

Birthplace: North Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Profession: Writer, Human rights activist

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Andrei Sakharov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was a Russian nuclear physicist, Soviet dissident and human rights activist. He became renowned as the designer of the Soviet Union's Third Idea, a codename for Soviet development of thermonuclear weapons. Sakharov later became an advocate of civil liberties and civil ...more

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Age: Died at 68 (1921-1989)

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Profession: Nuclear Physicist, Scientist, Human rights activist

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Harry Wu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Harry Wu is Chinese human rights activist. Wu spent 19 years in Chinese labor camps, and is now a resident and citizen of the United States. In 1992, he founded the Laogai Research Foundation. ...more

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Age: 78

Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Profession: Human rights activist

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Juliette Binoche is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Juliette Binoche is a French actress, artist and dancer. She has appeared in more than 40 feature films, been recipient of numerous international accolades, is a published author and has appeared on stage across the world. Coming from an artistic background, she began taking acting lessons during ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Poet, Designer, Author, Actor Dancer, + more

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#53 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate for African-American equality. King met Martin Luther King, Jr. while in college and their participation ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1927-2006)

Birthplace: Heiberger, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Civil rights activist, Author, Singer, Women's rights activist Writer, + more

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and sometimes worked under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér. Yauch founded ...more

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Age: Died at 48 (1964-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York

Profession: Film Distributor, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician Film Producer, + more

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#96 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#59 on The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

#16 on The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead

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Nazanin Boniadi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian actress. ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Profession: Actor, Human rights activist

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Avigdor Feldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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Avigdor Feldman, is an influential civil and human rights lawyer in Israel. Feldman is respected by some people for his work as leading advocate for justice. He has appeared before the bench in many of the significant petitions presented to the Israeli High Court of Justice regarding the ...more

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Profession: Human rights activist, Lawyer

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