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.

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 1 Malcolm X

Malcolm X
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1965

An African-American leader of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X was a vocal spokesman of the Nation of Islam and called upon the blacks to protect themselves from the white, even if it meant adopting violence. His radical views and preaching later evolved and he accepted the possibility of peaceful resolution of racial issues in America.

 2 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.

 3 Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Michael Bolton is an American singer-songwriter who has sold over 75 million records so far. Apart from recording several top 10 albums on the Billboard charts, Bolton also has several prestigious awards under his belt, such as Grammy Awards. Also known for his charity work, Bolton set up the Michael Bolton Foundation in order to aid children and women.

 4 Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 10, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 1863 AD
Abolitionist Solomon Northup had authored the memoir Twelve Years a Slave, which was later adapted into the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Northup was abducted and sold as a slave to a planter in Louisiana. He was eventually freed with the help of the governor New York.

 5 Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
The American civil rights activist has continued his legendary father Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for racial equality. Martin Luther King III headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded by his father and endorsed Barack Obama’s nomination for American presidency. King fought against police brutality, but he also denounced capital punishment, saying he did not belive in retributional justice.

 6 Jane Elliott

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

 7 Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 8 Nadia Murad

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

 9 Lorraine Hansberry

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

 10 Liu Xiaobo

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

Liu Xiaobo was a Chinese activist, literary critic, and philosopher. He is best remembered for organizing campaigns that aimed at ending the one-party rule in China. He was honored with the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle for human rights in China. Liu is the first Chinese citizen to be honored with a Nobel Prize while residing in China.

 11 Sarah Hegazi

Sarah Hegazi
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: June 14, 2020

 12 Andrew Young Jr.

Andrew Young Jr.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 13 Teji Bachchan

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

 14 Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts
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Famous As: American disability rights activist
Birthdate: January 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 14, 1995

 15 Opal Tometi

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

 16 Graça Machel

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

Graça Machel is known for her association with Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and has been the country’s first education minister. She has also been married to both former Mozambican president Samora Machel and South African president Nelson Mandela. Through The Elders, she is devoted to working for women’s and children’s rights.

 17 Zelda Rubinstein

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

 18 Andrew Koenig

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

 19 Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 28, 2016

 20 Shiva Rose

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

 21 Lady Miss Kier

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

 22 Ramsey Clark

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

 23 Rigoberta Menchú

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

 24 Denis Mukwege

Denis Mukwege
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Famous As: Gynecologist
Birthdate: March 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Congolese

 25 Anita Roddick

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

 26 Roy Jenkins

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

 27 Geronimo Pratt

Geronimo Pratt
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Famous As: Civil rights advocate, Human rights activist, Vietnam veteran
Birthdate: September 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 2011

 28 Henry Dunant

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

 29 Ella Baker

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

 30 Ophelia Dahl

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

 31 Alan Lomax

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

 32 Jack Herer

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

 33 Ziauddin Yousafzai

Ziauddin Yousafzai
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Famous As: Education Activist, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Pakistani

 34 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 35 Iris Chang

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

 36 Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger
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Famous As: Canadian Author
Birthdate: December 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

 37 Asma Jahangir

Asma Jahangir
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Pakistani

 38 Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

 39 Sugathakumari

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

 40 Marquis de Condorcet

Marquis de Condorcet
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher
Birthdate: September 17, 1743
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: March 28, 1794

 41 Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: February 13, 1958

 42 Walter Sisulu

Walter Sisulu
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African
Died: May 5, 2003

 43 Sister Helen Prejean

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

 44 Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Iranian

 45 Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Politician, Human rights activist, Feminist
Birthdate: October 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 1, 1951

 46 Eduard Limonov

Eduard Limonov
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Famous As: Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights activist, Journalist
Birthdate: February 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French, Russian

 47 Walter Reuther

Walter Reuther
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 9, 1970

 48 Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Politician, Human rights activist, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 6, 1994

 49 Tawakel Karman

Tawakel Karman
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Famous As: Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Yemeni

 50 Vladimir Bukovsky

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