List of assassinated human rights activists

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This is a list of murdered political dissidents and human rights activists.The list is chronological.

Intended Victims Year Date Title at the Time Place Country Assassin(s)
Elijah Parish Lovejoy 1837 November 7 American journalist, newspaper editor and abolitionist. Alton, Illinois  United States mob
Joseph Smith, Jr. 1844 June 27 American religious leader and founder of Mormonism Carthage, Illinois  United States mob
Abraham Lincoln 1865 April 15 President of the United States Washington, D.C.  United States John Wilkes Booth
Francisco I. Madero 1913 22 February President of Mexico Mexico City  Mexico Victoriano Huerta
Song Jiaoren 1913 22 March Chinese republican leader of Kuomintang Shanghai  China Wu Shiying
Jean Jaurès 1914 31 July French Marxist anti-war activist Paris  France Raoul Villain
John Chilembwe 1915 February 3 Malawian philosopher and educator Shire Highlands  Nyasaland British colonial officers
Leo Jogiches 1919 10 March German Marxist revolutionary Berlin  Germany Freikorps
Karl Liebknecht 1919 15 January German Revolutionary Berlin  Germany Freikorps
Rosa Luxemburg 1919 15 January Polish-German Revolutionary Berlin  Germany Freikorps
Charlemagne Péralte 1919 1 November Haitian nationalist leader Port-au-Prince  Haiti U.S. Marines
Emiliano Zapata 1919 10 April Mexican peasent leader Chinameca  Mexico Jesús Guajardo
Mustafa Suphi 1921 28 January Turkish communist leader. Black Sea  Turkey Turkish agents
Michael Collins 1922 22 August Irish independence leader Béal na Bláth  Ireland Irish Civil War.
Giacomo Matteotti 1924 10 June 1924 Italian anti-fascist Rome  Italy Blackshirts
Avni Rustemi 1924 22 April Albanian teacher, activist Tirana  Albania Jusuf Reçi
Takiji Kobayashi 1933 February 20 Japanese author Tokyo  Japan police
Augusto César Sandino 1934 21 February 1 Nicaraguan revolutionary Managua  Nicaragua United States Marine Corps
Antonio Guiteras 1935 8 May Cuban politician Matanzas  Cuba Cuban government
Walter W. Liggett 1935 December 9 American journalist Minneapolis, Minnesota  United States Blumenfeld
Abdul Rahman Shahbandar 1940 June Syrian nationalist Damascus Flag of Syria French mandate.svg Syria National Bloc members
Leon Trotsky 1940 21 August Soviet dissident Coyoacán, Mexico City  Mexico Ramón Mercader
Marx Dormoy 1941 26 July French socialist politician Montélimar  France Comité secret d'action révolutionnaire
Carlo Tresca 1943 January 11 American newspaper editor New York City  United States NKVD
Mahatma Gandhi 1948 30 January Indian independence movement leader New Delhi  India Nathuram Godse
Jorge Eliécer Gaitán 1948 April 9 Mayors of Bogotá Bogotá  Colombia El Bogotazo
Julien Lahaut 1950 18 August Belgian Republican politician . Seraing  Belgium François Goossens
Leonardo Ruiz Pineda 1952 21 October Venezuelan lawyer Caracas  Venezuela police
Albert Patterson 1954 June 18 American attorney Phenix City, Alabama  United States Sheriff Albert Fuller
Ali Boumendjel 1957 March 23 Algerian militant and lawyer. El Biar France French Algeria Paul Aussaresses
Maurice Audin 1957 11 June Algerian student Algiers France French Algeria André Charbonnier
Ruben Um Nyobé 1958 13 September Cameroonian anti-colonialist Boumnyébel  Cameroon French army
Inejiro Asanuma 1960 12 October Japanese socalist politician Tokyo  Japan Otoya Yamaguchi
Salah Ben Youssef 1961 12 August Tunisian lawyer and politician Frankfurt  West Germany Tunisian agents
Mouloud Feraoun 1962 15 March Algerian journalist, translator Algiers  Algeria OAS
Grigoris Lambrakis 1963 27 May Greek anti-war activist Thessaloniki  Greece Emannouel Emannouilides and Spyros Gotzamanis
Medgar Evers 1963 June 12 American civil rights activist Jackson, Mississippi  United States Byron De La Beckwith
James Chaney 1964 June 21 American civil rights Mississippi  United States Ku Klux Klan
Andrew Goodman 1964 June 21 American civil rights activist Mississippi  United States Ku Klux Klan
Michael Schwerner 1964 June 21 American civil rights activist Philadelphia, Mississippi  United States Ku Klux Klan.
Mehdi Ben Barka 1965 29 October Moroccan revolutionary fighter and politician. Paris  France French intelligence agents
Malcolm X 1965 February 21, American human rights activist New York City  United States members of the Nation of Islam
Pio Gama Pinto 1965 February 24 Kenyan journalist Nairobi  Kenya police
Humberto Delgado 1965 13 February Portuguese anti-fascists Olivenza  Spain PIDE
Viola Liuzzo 1965 March 25 American civil rights activist Selma, Alabama  United States Ku Klux Klan
Jonathan Daniels 1965 August 20 American civil rights activist. Hayneville, Alabama  United States Tom Coleman
Osende Afana 1966 15 March Cameroonian economist Ndélélé,  Cameroon Cameroonian Armed Forces
Chit Phumisak 1966 5 May Thai Marxist historians Waritchaphum  Thailand local villagers
Robert W. Spike 1966 October 17 American civil rights Columbus, Ohio  United States unknown
Benno Ohnesorg 1967 June 2 German anti-war activist West Berlin  West Germany Karl-Heinz Kurras
Martin Luther King, Jr. 1968 April 4 American civil rights activist Memphis, Tennessee  United States James Earl Ray
Robert F. Kennedy 1968 June 6 U.S. presidential canditate Los Angeles, California  United States Sirhan Bishara Sirhan
Txabi Etxebarrieta 1968 7 June Spanish Basque nationalist and anti-fascist Tolosa  Spain Guardia Civil
Fred Hampton 1969 December 4 American civil rights activist Chicago, Illinois  United States members of the Chicago Police Department
Krim Belkacem 1970 October 18 Algerian revolutionary fighter and politician. Frankfurt  West Germany unknown
Dhirendranath Datta 1971 29 March East Pakistani lawyer Moynamoti Pakistan

East Pakistan

Pakistani Army
Maximiliano Gómez 1971 May 23 Dominican Republic politician  Dominican Republic orders of Joaquin Balaguer
Ghassan Kanafani 1972 8 July Palestinian writer Beirut  Lebanon Mossad
Outel Bono 1973 26 August Chadian medical doctor and politician. Paris  France French secret service and Chadian Government
Amílcar Cabral 1973 20 January Guinea-Bissauan and Cape Verdean intellectual, poet, theoretician, revolutionary Conakry  Guinea Portuguese intelligence agents
Víctor Jara 1973 16 September Chilean teacher, theater director Santiago  Chile Pedro Barrientos
Silvio Frondizi 1974 September 27 Argentine intellectual and lawyer Buenos Aires  Argentina Argentine Anticommunist Alliance
Carlos Mugica 1974 May 11 Argentine Roman Catholic priest and activist. Villa Luro  Argentina Rodolfo Almirón
José Tohá 1974 March 15 Chilean journalist Santiago  Chile military
Omar Benjelloun 1975 18 December Moroccan journalist and trade union activist. Casablanca  Morocco Chabiba islamia
Herbert Chitepo 1975 18 March Rhodesian ZANU-activist Lusaka  Zambia Rhodesian Security Forces.
Josiah Mwangi Kariuki 1975 2 March Kenyan socialist politician Nairobi  Kenya Kenyan police
Roque Dalton 1975 May 10 Salvadoran poet, essayist, journalist, political activist, and intellectual. San Salvador  El Salvador People's Revolutionary Army
Boonsanong Punyodyana 1976 28 February Thai socialist politician Bangkok  Thailand unknown
Enrique Angelelli 1976 4 August Bishop of La Rioja Sañogasta  Argentina Argentinian military
Orlando Letelier 1976 September 21 Chilean economist Washington, DC  United States Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional
Stephen Biko 1977 12 September South African anti-apartheid activist Pretoria  South Africa South African Police Forces
Janani Luwum 1977 17 February Ugandan archbishop Kampala  Uganda Idi Amin regime
Rutilio Grande 1977 March 12 Salvadoran priest Aguilares  El Salvador mob
Mir Akbar Khyber 1978 April 17 Afghan intellectual, editor Kabul  Afghanistan Hekmatyar's Hezbi Islami
Henri Curiel 1978 May 4 Egyptian left-wing political activist Paris  France OAS and Charles Martel Group
Georgi Markov 1978 11 September Bulgarian dissident London  United Kingdom Bulgarian secret service
Harvey Milk 1978 November 27 American LGBT human rights activists San Francisco, California  United States Dan White
George R. Moscone 1978 November 27 Mayor of San Francisco San Francisco, California  United States Dan White
José Miguel Beñaran Ordeñana 1978 21 December Spanish Basque activists Anglet  France car bomb
Allard K. Lowenstein 1980 March 14 American civil rights activist New York City  United States Dennis Sweeney.
Óscar Romero 1980 24 March Archbishop of San Salvador San Salvador  El Salvador mob
Walter Rodney 1980 13 June Guyanese historian, political activist and scholar Georgetown  Guyana unknown
Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz 1980 July 17 Bolivian writer, dramatist, journalist, La Paz  Bolivia Luis Garcia Meza
Enrique Álvarez Córdova 1980 November 27 Salvadoran politicians San Salvador  El Salvador Brígada Anticomunista Maximiliano Hernández Martínez
John Lennon 1980 8 December American anti-war activist and ex-Beatles New York City  United States Mark David Chapman
Pierre Declercq 1981 19 September French New Caledonian politician Nouméa  New Caledonia unknown
Attati Mpakati 1983 24 March Malawian dissident Harare  Zimbabwe Malawian agents
Benigno Aquino, Jr. 1983 21 August , Philippino opposition leader Manila  Philippines Filippino agents
Alan Berg 1984 January 1 American attorney and talk radio show host Denver, Colorado  United States Silent Brotherhood
Henry Liu 1984 15 October Taiwanese writer and journalist Daly City, California  United States Bamboo Union
Jerzy Popiełuszko 1984 19 October Polish Roman Catholic priest Włocławek  Poland Polish Security Service
Gérard Hoarau 1985 29 November Seychellois politicians London  United Kingdom France-Albert René regime
Shahnawaz Bhutto 1985 18 July Pakistani democracy activist Nice  France Zia ul-Haq regime
Murtaza Bhutto 1985 20 September Pakistani democracy activist Karachi  Pakistan police
Éloi Machoro 1985 12 January New Caledonian Kanak politician Canala  New Caledonia French gendarme
Hugo Spadafora 1985 September 13 Panamanian activist La Concepción  Panama Panamanian government
Olof Palme 1986 28 February Prime Minister of Sweden Stockholm  Sweden unknown
Jaime Pardo Leal 1987 October 11 Colombian lawyer, union leader, La Mesa  Colombia Colombian mafia
Dulcie September 1988 29 March South African anti-apartheid political activist Paris  France South African agents
Chico Mendes 1988 December 22 Brazilian trade unionist and environmentalist Xapuri  Brazil Darci and Darly Alves da Silva, Jerdeir Pereira,
David Webster 1989 1 May South African anthropologist Troyeville  South Africa South African Civil Cooperation Bureau
Jean-Marie Tjibaou 1989 May 4 New Caledonian Kanak politician Ouvéa  New Caledonia Djubelly Wéa
Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou 1989 13 July Head of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan Vienna  Austria Iranian agents


Luis Carlos Galán 1989 18 August Colombian journalist Bogotá  Colombia Colombian mafia
Anton Lubowski 1989 12 September Namibian anti-apartheid activist Windhoek  Namibia South African Civil Cooperation Bureau
Segundo Montes 1989 November 16 Salvadoran priest San Salvador  El Salvador Salvadoran army
Ignacio Ellacuría 1989 November 16 Salvadoran philosopher, and theologian San Salvador  El Salvador Salvadoran army
Farag Foda 1992 9 June Egyptian professor Heliopolis  Egypt Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
Tavio Amorin 1992 29 July 1992 Togolese politician Lomé  Togo police
Tahar Djaout 1993 May 26 Algerian journalist, poet Algiers  Algeria Armed Islamic Group
Chris Hani 1993 10 April South African Anti-apartheid activists Boksburg  South Africa Janusz Waluś
Melchior Ndadaye 1993 21 October Burundian intellectual and politician. Bujumbura  Burundi Burundi Army
Jorge Carpio Nicolle 1993 July 3 Guatemalan newspaper publisher. Chichicastenango  Guatemala mob
Cheb Hasni 1994 29 September Algerian musician Oran  Algeria Armed Islamic Group
Johan Heyns 1994 5 November South African Anti-apartheid activists Pretoria  South Africa White South African extremists
Iqbal Masih 1995 16 April Pakistani child activists Muridke  Pakistan unknown
Jaswant Singh Khalra 1995 6 September Indian human rights activist Jhabal  India Kanwar Pal Singh Gill
Kudirat Abiola 1996 9 June spouse of Nigerian presidential canditate Moshood Abiola Lagos  Nigeria six team of men
Abdelhak Benhamouda 1997 January 28 Algerian trade unionist Algiers  Algeria unknown
Lounès Matoub 1998 25 June Algerian musician Beni Aïssi  Algeria police
Azem Hajdari 1998 September 12 Albanian anti-communists Tirana  Albania Fatmir Haklaj, Jaho Mulosmani, and Naim Cangu
Sanjaasürengiyn Zorig 1998 2 October Mongolian activists Ulaanbaatar  Mongolia unknown
Galina Starovoytova 1998 November 20 Russian dissidents St Petersburg  Russia Russian state security service
Norbert Zongo 1998 13 December Burkinabé publisher Sapouy  Burkina Faso Burkinabé agents
Bishop Juan José Gerardi 1998 26 April Guatemalan Roman Catholic bishop San Sebastian Church  Guatemala Guatemalan military personnels
Larisa Yudina 1998 8 June Russian journalist Elista  Russia unknown
Jaime Hurtado 1999 17 February Ecuadorian politician Quito  Ecuador Christian Steven Ponce
Jean Dominique 2000 April 3 Haitian journalist Port-au-Prince  Haiti unknown
Carlos Cardoso 2000 22 November Mozambican journalist Maputo  Mozambique Nyimpine Chissano and Aníbal dos Santos
Filemon Lagman 2001 February 6 Filipino workers' leader Quezon City  Philippines unknown
Phoolan Devi 2001 25 July Indian activist New Delhi  India Sher Singh Rana
Jarallah Omar 2002 28 December Yemeni politician, intellectual Sana'a  Yemen Ali Ahmad al-Jarallah
Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev 2004 February 13 Chechen exiled separatist writer Doha  Qatar FSB agents
Munir Said Thalib 2004 September 7 Indonesian human rights activist Schiphol  Netherlands Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto
Deyda Hydara 2004 16 December Gambian newspaper reporter Banjul  Gambia Yahya Jammeh regime
Elmar Hüseynov 2005 2 March Azerbaijani journalist Baku  Azerbaijan Azerbaijani regime
Dorothy Stang 2005 March 15 Brazilian-American missionary Anapu  Brazil Clodoaldo Carlos Batista and Raifran das Neves Sales
Filiberto Ojeda Ríos 2005 September 23 Puerto Rican independence activist Hormigueros  Puerto Rico FBI
Anna Politkovskaya 2006 7 October Russian Journalist Moscow  Russia three Chechen men
Aleksandr Litvinenko 2006 23 November Russian dissident London  United Kingdom FSB agens
Hrant Dink 2007 19 January Turkish-Armenian editor, journalist and columnist Istanbul  Turkey Ogün Samast
Gabriel Mkhumane 2008 1 April Swazi opposition leader. Nelspruit  South Africa Swaziland government agents
Tonderai Ndira 2008 13 -22 May Zimbabwean political dissident Harare  Zimbabwe Zimbabwean agents
Sakine Cansız 2013 9 January Turkish Kurdish women's rights activists Paris  France Turkish agents
Chokri Belaïd 2013 6 February Tunisian lawyer El Menzah  Tunisia Kamel Gaghgadhi

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Avijit Roy 2015 26 February Bangladeshi online activist Dhaka  Bangladesh Ansarullah Bangla Team
Boris Nemtsov 2015 27 February Russian political activists Moscow  Russia two Chechen men
Berta Cáceres 2016 3 March Honduran environmental activist, indigenous leader La Esperanza  Honduras employees of DESA