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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 82
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 38
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 52
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 63
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 49
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 53
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 31
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 89
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 67
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 63
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 68
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 51
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 49
Ben Patrick Johnson is an American voice-over actor, author and blogger, Foundation Director, and human rights activist.