List of Famous Human Rights Activists People

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 like Malcolm X and Juliette Binoche.

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. (117 items)


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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 Americans; ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1925-1965)
    • Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha, North Omaha, Nebraska
    • Profession: Writer, Human rights activist
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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 reforms ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1921-1989)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union
    • Profession: Nuclear Physicist, Scientist, Human rights activist
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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: age 78
    • Birthplace: Shanghai, China
    • Profession: Human rights activist
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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: age 51
    • Birthplace: France, Paris
    • Profession: Poet, Designer, Author, Actor, Dancer, + more
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    Coretta Scott King
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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 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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    Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian actress.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
    • Profession: Actor, Human rights activist
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    Avigdor Feldman

    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 settlements. He ...more

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    • Profession: Human rights activist, Lawyer
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    Aminatou Haidar

    Aminatou Ali Ahmed Haidar, sometimes known as Aminetou, Aminatu or Aminetu, is a Sahrawi human rights activist and an advocate of the independence of Western Sahara. She is often called the "Sahrawi Gandhi" or "Sahrawi Pasionaria" for her nonviolent protests. She is the president of the Collective of ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Tata Province
    • Profession: Democracy activist, Human rights activist
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    Teruaki Masumoto
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    Teruaki Masumoto is the secretary general of the Japanese Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, which advocates for the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea and calls for the Japanese government to impose sanctions on the country. His older sister Rumiko is one ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Profession: Human rights activist
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    Viktor Popkov

    Viktor Popkov
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    Viktor Alekseyevich Popkov Виктор Алексеевич Попков was a Russian christian, dissident, humanitarian, human rights activist and journalist. He spent the last 15 years of his life in the hot spots of the falling Soviet Union, including the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, the Nagorno-Karabakh War and the war ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1946-2001)
    • Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
    • Profession: Journalist, Human rights activist
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    Liu Xiaobo
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    Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who called for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule. He is currently incarcerated as a political prisoner in Jinzhou, Liaoning. Liu has served from 2003 to 2007 as President of the Independent ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: China, Eurasia, Jilin, Changchun
    • Profession: Commentator, Literary critic, Professor, Author, Writer, + more
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    Heather Laurie Holden, better known as Laurie Holden, is an American actress, producer model and human rights activist. She is perhaps best recognized for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files, Adele Stanton in The Majestic, Cybil Bennett in Silent Hill, Amanda Dumfries in The Mist, Olivia ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
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    Rosie Malek-Yonan is an actress, author, director, public figure and activist.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
    • Profession: Producer, Documentary Filmmaker, Author, Actor, Film Director, + more
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    Ronan Farrow is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and former U.S. government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow. He is also the legal son of filmmaker Woody Allen but may possibly be the biological son of Frank Sinatra.more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Commentator, Journalist, Official, Writer, Human rights activist, + more
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    Andrew Koenig
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    Joshua Andrew Koenig, was an American character actor, film director, editor, writer, and human rights activist.more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1968-2010)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Film Editor, Actor, Film Director
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    Sergei Kovalev
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    Sergei Adamovich Kovalyov is a Russian human rights activist and politician and a former Soviet dissident and political prisoner.more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Seredyna-Buda, Ukraine
    • Profession: Biophysicist, Politician, Human rights activist
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    Vann Nath
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    Vann Nath was a Cambodian painter, artist, writer and human rights activist who was one of a diverse group of writers from 22 countries to receive the prestigious Lillian Hellman/Hammett Award which recognizes courage in the face of political persecution which he faced during the Khmer Rouge. He was the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1946-2011)
    • Birthplace: Battambang Province, Cambodia
    • Profession: Painter, Writer, Artist, Human rights activist
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    Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia
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    Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia is a member of the House of Karageorgevich, a human rights activist and a former presidential candidate for Serbia. She is also known as Jelisaveta Karađorđević .more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Human rights activist
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    Asma Jahangir
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    Asma Jilani Jahangir is a Pakistani lawyer, an award winning human rights and democracy activist. Her work focuses on prevention of persecution of religious minorities, gender equality, and extremism. Jahangir is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and has served as ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
    • Profession: Civil rights activist, Human rights activist, Lawyer
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