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We remember those that have contributed to human rights or dedicated their lives to a cause.

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NameTribute Item Summary
Aung San Suu KyiLike the South African leader Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of heroic and peaceful resistance in the face of oppression.
Ayaan Hirsi AliIn 1989, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali Muslim, supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie. But on moving to Europe her views changed and she turned against Islam.
Doreen Lawrence For the family of Doreen Lawrence, the pain and challenges in dealing with the loss of her son Stephen 18 years ago continue, and change. They permeate even the imagination of her granddaughter Mia, aged seven, who was born years after his murder.
Letty ScottOn February 14, Letty Marie Scott (nee Gibson) Nupanunga, of the Anmatyerre nation in Central Australia, passed away, aged 56. Letty was a lifelong campaigner for justice.
Marian Wright EdelmanMarian Wright Edelman is a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans and is the Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families.
Martina Davis-CorreiaFor 22 years, Martina struggled to make sure the world knew her brother (Troy Davis’) story. She led an international campaign, partnering with Amnesty International and the NAACP, to save her brother’s life and prove his innocence.
Pauline CampbellThis article has been put together as a tribute to Pauline Campbell, the mother of Sarah Campbell who died after taking an overdose of prescription drugs at Styal Prison in Cheshire. Pauline has been a tireless campaigner against deaths of women in custody since the tragic death of her daughter Sarah in 2003.
Sister Helen PrejeanSister Helen Prejean, an anti-death penalty activist and author whose legal and religious arguments against “state-sanctioned executions” have sparked international dialogue, spoke at Emory’s Oxford College campus on Sept. 18 about her life’s work.
Waris DirieWaris Dirie was born into a nomad family living in the Somali desert near the border to Ethiopia in 1965. At the tender age of five, she was forced to undergo the inhuman procedure of female genital mutilation (commonly practiced by nomad’s).
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