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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. 

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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 40 (1925-1965) 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 ...more

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Andrei Sakharov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989) 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 ...more

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Harry Wu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 81 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.

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Juliette Binoche is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 54 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 ...more

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Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 79 (1927-2006) 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 ...more

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 48 (1964-2012) 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 ...more

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Nazanin Boniadi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 37 Nazanin Boniadi (born 22 May 1980) is an Iranian-British actress. Boniadi changed her career path from science and started pursuing acting in 2006. Her first major acting role was as Leyla Mir ...more

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Avigdor Feldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
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 ...more

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Aminatou Haidar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Aminatou Haidar age 51 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 ...more

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Teruaki Masumoto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 60 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 ...more

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Viktor Popkov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Viktor Popkov Dec. at 55 (1946-2001) 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 ...more

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Liu Xiaobo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 62 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 ...more

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Laurie Holden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 48 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 ...more

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Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 52 Rosie Malek-Yonan is an actress, author, director, public figure and activist.

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Ronan Farrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 30 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 ...more

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Andrew Koenig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 42 (1968-2010) Joshua Andrew Koenig, was an American character actor, film director, editor, writer, and human rights activist.

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Sergei Kovalev is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 88 Sergei Adamovich Kovalyov is a Russian human rights activist and politician and a former Soviet dissident and political prisoner.

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Vann Nath is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 65 (1946-2011) 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 ...more

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Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslav... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 82 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

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Asma Jahangir is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 66 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 ...more

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Kati Marton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 62 Kati Marton is a Hungarian-American author and journalist. Her career has included reporting for ABC News as a foreign correspondent and National Public Radio, where she started as a production ...more

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Elisabeth Omilami is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 67 Elisabeth Williams-Omilami is an African-American human rights activist and an actress.

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Yolanda King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 52 (1955-2007) Yolanda Denise King was an American activist and first-born child of Coretta Scott King and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She was known also for her artistic and ...more

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Maziar Bahari is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 50 Maziar Bahari is an Iranian Canadian journalist, film maker and human rights activist. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011. Bahari was incarcerated by the Iranian government from ...more

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Ben Patrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 48 Ben Patrick Johnson is an American voice-over actor, author and blogger, Foundation Director, and human rights activist.

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Viacheslav Chornovil is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 62 (1937-1999) Viacheslav Chornovil was a Ukrainian politician. A prominent Ukrainian dissident to the Soviet policies, he was arrested multiple times in the 1960s and 1970s for his political views. A ...more

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Richard de Zoysa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 32 (1958-1990) Richard Manik de Zoysa was a well-known Sri Lankan journalist, author, human rights activist and actor, who was abducted and murdered on 18 February 1990. His murder caused widespread outrage ...more

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Abdi İpekçi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 50 (1929-1979) Abdi İpekçi was a Turkish journalist, intellectual and an activist for human rights. He was murdered while editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet.

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Ronit Avni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Ronit Avni is a Canadian/Israeli/ recent American. Ronit Avni is an award-winning filmmaker, human rights advocate and media strategist with an expertise in Israeli–Palestinian conflict ...more

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Daniel Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Daniel Levy is an Israeli political scientist, policy advisor and diplomat. He is director of the MENA programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at the New America ...more

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Adalet Ağaoğlu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 88 Adalet Ağaoğlu is a Turkish novelist and playwright. She is considered one of the foremost novelists of 20th century Turkish literature. She has also written essays, memoirs, and short stories.

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Natan Sharansky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 70 Natan Sharansky is a Soviet-born Israeli politician, human rights activist and author who spent nine years in Soviet prisons for allegedly spying for the American Defense Intelligence Agency. ...more

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John Prendergast is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 55 John Prendergast is an American human rights activist, author, and former Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project, a ...more

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Alexander Esenin-Volpin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 93 Alexander Sergeyevich Esenin-Volpin is a prominent Russian-American poet and mathematician. A notable dissident, political prisoner and a leader of the Soviet human rights movement, he spent ...more

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Natalya Estemirova is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) Natalya Khusainovna Estemirova was an award-winning Russian human rights activist and board member of the Russian human rights organization Memorial. Estemirova was abducted by unknown persons ...more

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Felicia Langer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Felicia Langer age 87 Felicia Langer is a German-Israeli attorney and human rights activist known for her defence of Palestinians charged with political violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Langer has authored ...more

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Rajini Thiranagama is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 35 (1954-1989) Dr. Rajani Thiranagama was a Tamil human rights activist and feminist who was allegedly shot dead by Tamil Tigers cadres after she criticised them for their atrocities. At the time of her ...more

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Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 47 Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, possibly Amiri-Moghadam, is a Norwegian-Iranian neuroscientist and human rights advocate. Amiry-Moghaddam spent his first few years in the city of Kerman about 1000 ...more

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Gabriel Andreescu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 65 Gabriel Andreescu is a Romanian human rights activist and political scientist born on 8 April 1952 in Buzău. He is one of the few Romanian dissidents who openly opposed Ceauşescu and the ...more

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Alexandr Podrabinek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 64 Alexandr Podrabinek is a Russian journalist, human rights activist and editor-in-chief of Prima information agency. He is a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience ...more

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Jerome J. Shestack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Jerome J. Shestack Dec. at 88 (1923-2011) Jerome Joseph "Jerry" Shestack was a Philadelphia lawyer and human rights advocate active in Democratic Party politics who served as president of the American Bar Association from 1997 ...more

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Somchai Neelapaijit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 67 Somchai Neelapaijit, a Thai Muslim-lawyer and human rights activist who "disappeared" on March 12, 2004 during Thaksin Shinawatra's regime. Strongly suspected to be deceased, he is ...more

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Ingrid Washinawatok is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Dec. at 42 (1957-1999) Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa was an internationally-known member of the Menominee Nation of upper Wisconsin. She was murdered by FARC guerrillas in Colombia. At the time of her death she was ...more

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Kang Chol-Hwan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Kang Chol-Hwan age 49 Kang Chol-hwan is a defector from North Korea. As a child he was imprisoned in the Yodok concentration camp for 10 years; after his release he fled the country, first to China and eventually to ...more

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Max Wallace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Max Wallace Max Wallace is a Canadian journalist, filmmaker, historian, and human rights activist.

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Amr Hamzawy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Amr Hamzawy age 50 Amr Hamzawy is an Egyptian political scientist, human rights activist and public intellectual.

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Tatjana Ždanoka is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 67 Tatyana Arkadyevna Zhdanok, born May 8, 1950 in Riga, is a Latvian politician and Member of the European Parliament. She is co-Chairperson of the Latvian Russian Union and sits with the European ...more

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Diane Nash is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
age 79 Diane Judith Nash was a leader and strategist of the student wing of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Historian David Halberstam described her as "…bright, focused, utterly fearless, with ...more

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Stanislav Markelov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Stanislav Markelov Dec. at 35 (1974-2009) Stanislav Yuryevich Markelov was a Russian human rights lawyer. He participated in a number of publicized cases, including those of left-wing political activists and antifascists persecuted ...more

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Lyudmila Alexeyeva is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Human Rights Activists
Lyudmila Alexeyeva age 90 Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexeyeva is a Russian historian, leading human rights activist, founding member of the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group, and one of the few veterans of the Soviet dissident ...more