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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

Age: Died at 40 (1925-1965)

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

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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

Age: Died at 68 (1921-1989)

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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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

Age: 78

Birthplace: Shanghai, China

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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

Age: 53

Birthplace: Paris, France

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