Famous Human Rights Activists - List of Famous 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.

The Most Famous Human Rights Activists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Anita RoddickOctober 23, 1942BritishAnita Roddick was the founder of ‘The Body Shop’, the popular cosmetic brand
Michael BoltonFebruary 26, 1953AmericanMichael Bolton is a Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter
Henry DunantMay 8, 1828SwissHenry Dunant or Jean Henri Dunant was a Swiss social and peace activist who founded the Red Cross and was the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize
Maggie McGuaneOctober 28, 1976CanadianMaggie McGuane is the daughter of Canadian-American actress and activist Margot Kidder
K. D. LangNovember 2, 1961CanadianK
Edith CowanAugust 2, 1861AustralianEdith Dircksey Cowan (née Brown) was an Australian politician and social campaigner
Waleed AbulkhairJune 17, 1979Saudi ArabianWaleed Abulkhair is a prominent Saudi Arabian lawyer and human rights activist
Amal AlamuddinFebruary 3, 1978Lebanese, BritishAmal Alamuddin, is a Lebanese-British barrister, human rights activist and philanthropist
Granville SharpNovember 10, 1735BritishGranville Sharp was a social reformer and a leading British abolitionist
Angelina GrimkeFebruary 20, 1805AmericanAngelina Grimke was an American political activist, women’s rights activist and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement
Edith Cowan

Edith Cowan

Edith Dircksey Cowan (née Brown) was an Australian politician and social campaigner

Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Jones Chisholm was an English philanthropist and humanitarian known for working towards female immigrant welfare in Australia

BritishMay 30, 1808143 views

Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese professor, writer, and human rights activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010

ChineseDecember 28, 1955146 views

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel is an Argentine human rights activist who won the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize

Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant or Jean Henri Dunant was a Swiss social and peace activist who founded the Red Cross and was the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize

SwissMay 8, 1828331 views

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, and the Nobel Peace Prize winner

IranianJune 21, 1947104 views

Lillian Wald

Lillian D

AmericanMarch 10, 1867138 views

Granville Sharp

Granville Sharp was a social reformer and a leading British abolitionist

BritishNovember 10, 1735182 views

Charles Perkins

Charles Perkins was an Australian aboriginal activist and soccer player, famous for his efforts to provide a better life to indigenous tribes

AustralianJune 16, 1936106 views