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In the context of Human Rights, the Braga Youth Centre has exposed 30 personalities who were relevant in the fight for Human Rights.

There are 30 personalities, 15 men and 15 women from 30 different countries.

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Lech Walesa

1943

Poland

Politician and human rights activist.
Founded a union and was the first president of Poland after the end of the Eastern Bloc. Was in office between 1990 and 1995. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.

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Mahatma Gandhi

1869 - 1948

India

Activist.
A leading figure in India's struggle for independence. He promoted the principles of peaceful disobedience and nonviolence.

Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Aristides de Sousa Mendes

1885 - 1954

Portugal

Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux.
Saved thousands of Jews during the Nazi regime by issuing visas in contravention of instructions from the Portuguese government.

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Nelson Mandela

1918 - 2013

South Africa

Politician
After being imprisoned for 27 years for his struggle against the regime of racial segregation, he was the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Contributed to the reconciliation of his country. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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Biram Dah Abeid

1965

Mauritania

Politician.
Has fought for the abolition of slavery in his country. Was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 2013.

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Henry Dunant

1828 – 1910

Switzerland

After a battle in Solferino (Italy), in 1859, he organized a medical aid mission for the Italian, French and Austrian soldiers who participated in the conflict. He wrote about the possibility of assisting wounded soldiers in enemy territories, regardless of their origin. This initiative of his lead to the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (1863), and to the adoption of the Geneva Convention (1864).

Rigoberta Menchú

Rigoberta Menchú

1959

Guatemala

Activist.
Fought for indigenous rights and ethnic reconciliation in her country. Some of her family members were murdered by the Guatemalan regime. Despite this, Rigoberta led the negotiations for reconciliation. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992

John Peters Humphrey

John Peters Humphrey

1905 - 1995

Canada

Jurist and Scholar.
Worked at the United Nations for 20 years, and proposed the creation of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in 1963.

Patrícia Villamil Perdomo

Patrícia Villamil Perdomo

1976 - 2017

Honduras

Migrant rights' activist.
Was consul in Mexico where she reported trafficking in human beings. Was found dead in her home in 2017.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

1929 - 1968

USA

Activist
Led the civil rights struggle in the United States in the mid-twentieth century. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Harry Wu

Harry Wu

1937 - 2016

China/USA

Activist.
Chinese-American, human rights activist. Spent 19 years in forced labour camps in China. Emigrated to the United States and founded, in 1992, the Laogai Research Foundation, dedicated to spreading the brutalities committed in the forced labour fields in China.

Wangari Muta Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai

1940 - 2011

Kenya

Activist
Founded the Green Belt Movement to advocate women's rights, environmental protection and tree planting. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

Aron Grünhut

Aron Grünhut

1895 - 1974

Slovakia

Businessman
Saved over 1,300 Jews during the period of the Nazi regime.

Salih M. M. Osman

Salih M. M. Osman

1957

Sudan

Lawyer
Provided free legal assistance to people who were victims of human rights violations. Was awarded the Sakharov Prize in 2007.

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi

1947

Iran

Lawyer.
Has been dedicated to the defence of political prisoners of the political regime in her country. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

Izzat Ghazzawi

Izzat Ghazzawi

1952 - 2003

Palestine

Writer, scholar and activist
Was arrested because of his political activity. His son was murdered by the Israeli army while trying to rescue a wounded colleague. Nevertheless, Izzat never stopped fighting for there to be communication between Israelis and Palestinians. Was awarded the Sakharov Prize in 2001.

Hauwa Ibrahim

Hauwa Ibrahim

1968

Nigeria

Lawyer
Provided free legal support to women and children sentenced to death by stoning as punishment for adultery or amputation as punishment for theft. Was awarded the Sakharov Prize in 2005.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

1938

Liberia

Politician.
Was the first woman to be elected head of state in Africa (Liberia, between 2006 and 2018). Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

Marielle Franco

Marielle Franco

1979 - 2018

Brazil

Elected municipal councilwoman of Rio de Janeiro, she was an activist for the rights of black women, homosexuals, and young people. Was murdered in 2018.

Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad

1993

Iraq

Was kidnapped in 2014 by ISIS and made a sex slave, and only managed to escape after three months. She reported the crimes committed by the abductors and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

1997

Pakistan

Activist
Fought for the rights of Pakistani women, including the right to education. She was the youngest person to receive a Nobel Prize (Peace, 2014).

Bineta Diop

Bineta Diop

Senegal

Was the founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité, a non-governmental organization that promotes the role of women in politics in Africa.

Yoryanis Isabel B. Varela

Yoryanis Isabel B. Varela

1974 - 2017

Colombia

Activist for the rights of indigenous women. Was murdered by robbers.

Jackie Forster

Jackie Forster

1926 - 1998

United Kingdom

Journalist, actress and activist.
Fought for gay and lesbian rights in the UK.

Angelina Atyam

Angelina Atyam

1946

Uganda

Activist.
Worked for the protection of children kidnapped by her country's military forces. Was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 1998.

Orouba Barakat

Orouba Barakat

... - 2017

Syria

Human rights activist and opponent of the Bashar al-Assad regime.
Was murdered with her daughter in her home (Turkey) in 2017.

Andrei Sakharov

1921 - 1989

Russia

Nuclear Physicist and Activist.
Led the project that resulted in the Soviet Union hydrogen bomb. Aware of the dangers of his work, he fought for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Was a dissenting voice of the Soviet regime, where he fought for fundamental rights. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. The European Parliament has established a prize with his name.

14th Dalai Lama

14th Dalai Lama

1935

Tibet

Tenzin Gyatso, Buddhist monk, 14th and current Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent fight for the liberation of Tibet, and for his environmental concerns.

Denis Mukwege

Denis Mukwege

1955

Congo

Doctor.

Founded a hospital specializing in the treatment of women victims of rape. In 2018, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (along with Nadia Murad, a Congolese women's rights activist) and the United Nations Human Rights Prize.

Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman

1979

Yemen

Journalist, politician and activist.

Fought for press freedom in Yemen and founded the Women Journalists Without Chains movement in 2005. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

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