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Dear Ted:

Is it "human right activists" or "human rights activists"?

Thank you very much for your kind help.


Dear Paolo:

Is it "human right activists" or "human rights activists"?

*** We generally think of "rights," the plural form.  If we are speaking of an individual person and the right he has, the sentence makes it clear that, in this case, we use the singular form:  "I have the RIGHT to protest against the government."

However, in your example, you are not speaking about ONE person; you are speaking about HUMANITY.  "Human RIGHTS activists" is the correct choice.


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