February 13, 2009

(New York) - It is with enormous sadness that Human Rights Watch announces the death of our beloved colleague Dr. Alison Des Forges, who was killed in the crash of Flight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo on February 12, 2009. Des Forges, senior adviser to Human Rights Watch's Africa division for almost two decades, dedicated her life to working on Rwanda and was the world's leading expert on the 1994 Rwanda genocide and its aftermath. Read more.

The Des Forges family and Human Rights Watch will be setting up memorial services for Alison in Buffalo, New York and elsewhere. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Human Rights Watch in honor of Alison.

Watch a video of Alison talking about the Rwandan genocide.

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