Alison Liebhafsky Des Forges

(August 20, 1942 – February 12, 2009)


Tributes at Memorials


After Alison Des Forges’ sudden and untimely death on February 12, 2009, memorial gatherings were held around the world to mourn her loss, to express gratitude to her, and to talk about ways to continue her work.

This is a collection (download Memorial Tributes) of some formal tributes that were given at these memorials, presented in chronological order.  

Many other people have written about Alison. Some of their tributes have appeared, or will appear, in newspapers and magazines, in academic volumes, and in a booklet published by Human Rights Watch. Others are purely personal memories, and are being compiled separately.

Please note that this collection is a work in progress.  I do not yet have copies of some of the  tributes that were given at the memorials in 2009. I will update this collection once I have the remaining tributes, and will post an updated version here. In the meantime, please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Rachel Massey

February 7, 2010


You may also read nearly four hundred tributes to Alison posted on the Human Rights Watch website.