Human Rights Activists

A human rights activist is one who believes and works either as an individual or as a member of an organization in order to promote and campaign for the basic rights and freedoms that humans are entitled to. A human rights activist will bring out the various human rights violation in the public domain and campaign to restore these rights. On the whole, a human rights activist may be involved in a wide range of campaigns like prevention of hate crimes, prevention of physical torture of convicts, campaigns for political and civil rights, gay rights and many others. A human right activist will campaign against the various kinds of human right abuses and bring these issues in the limelight of the media and the public eye. The United States Human Rights Council, which is one of the most significant organizations in the United States, has addressed several conflicts and human rights issues around the world since the time it was established. Some of the issues it has addressed include, woman’s rights and rights of racial and ethnic minorities among many others. To get acquainted with more interesting information; continue to read on about some of the famous human rights activists, with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

 1 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
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Famous As: Former First Lady, Political Leader
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Married to former US president, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Thereafter, she became the first First Lady to hold US senator office. The former Secretary of State in the administration of Barrack Obama also fought and lost, as a Democratic nominee, the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump.

 2 Amal Clooney

Amal Alamuddin
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Famous As: Lawyer, Activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lebanese, British

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 3 Van Jones

Van Jones
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 4 Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark
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Famous As: American lawyer
Birthdate: December 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 5 Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy serves as a human rights activist. She is the president of a non-profit organization called Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, which advocates human rights. Over the years, Kerry Kennedy has worked in over 60 countries on various human rights issues like child labor, ethnic violence, indigenous land rights, and freedom of expression.

 6 Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American journalist Ronan Farrow played a major role in reporting the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His work, which was published in The New Yorker, earned the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also responsible for exposing allegations against personalities like jurist Brett Kavanaugh, media executive Les Moonves, and politician Eric Schneiderman.

 7 Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo
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Famous As: Author & Poet
Birthdate: February 26, 1802
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: May 22, 1885

Victor Hugo was a French poet, dramatist, and novelist of the Romantic movement. Regarded as one of the best-known and greatest French writers of all time, Victor Hugo wrote abundantly during his career that spanned over six decades. Thanks to his works, such as Hernani and Cromwell, Victor Hugo was one of the leading figures of the Romantic literary movement.

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 8 Zack de la Rocha

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Birthdate: January 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Rapper Zack de la Rocha, the vocalist for the rock band Rage Against the Machine, also formed the duo One Day as a Lion with drummer Jon Theodore. He supports vegetarianism and the Zapatista (EZLN) movement of Mexico. He also testified against the U.S.’s treatment of Abu-Jamal, at the U.N. 

 9 Joan Chandos Baez

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 10 Nazanin Boniadi

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Iranian, British, American

 11 Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, Nepalese

 12 Michael Bolton

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 13 Q'orianka Kilcher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

 14 Sugathakumari

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Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 15 K. D. Lang

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 16 Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 17 Bianca Jagger

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nicaraguan, British

 18 Solomon Northup

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 10, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 1863 AD

 19 Melissa Mathison

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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 4, 2015

 20 Laurie Holden

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 21 Opal Tometi

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 22 Jello Biafra

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Human rights activist, Politician, Journalist
Birthdate: June 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 23 Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 2010

 24 Jorja Fox

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 25 Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 26 Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 1993 AD
Nationality: Iraqi

 27 Yolanda King

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 15, 2007

 28 Maajid Nawaz

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 29 Ai Weiwei

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese

 30 Jane Elliott

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Famous As: Schoolteacher
Birthdate: May 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Teji Bachchan

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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: August 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 21, 2007

 32 Anita Roddick

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Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: September 10, 2007

 33 Lorraine Hansberry

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Famous As: Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 12, 1965

 34 Lady Miss Kier

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 35 Andrew Koenig

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 14, 2010

 36 Andrew Young Jr.

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 37 Gloria Allred

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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 38 Liu Xiaobo

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Famous As: Chinese Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: December 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Chinese

 39 Alan Lomax

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Famous As: Folklorist
Birthdate: January 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 19, 2002

 40 Graça Machel

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Mozambican

 41 Ophelia Dahl

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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 42 Shiva Rose

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Iranian, American

 43 Roy Jenkins

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: January 5, 2003

 44 Iris Chang

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 9, 2004

 45 Rigoberta Menchú

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Famous As: Activist,Politician,Author
Birthdate: January 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Guatemalan

 46 Henry Dunant

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Famous As: Founder of the Red Cross
Birthdate: May 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swiss
Died: October 30, 1910

 47 Vladimir Bukovsky

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Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian

 48 Ella Baker

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Famous As: American activist
Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 1986

 49 Jack Herer

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 2010

 50 Sister Helen Prejean

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Famous As: Sister
Birthdate: April 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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