Alison Des Forges


Alison Des Forges (née Liebhafsky) born Schenectady, NY August 20, 1942 (d. 2009). Human rights activist; expert on Rwanda genocide and Congo.


International leaders, chasing the ever-moving goal of stability, ignore crimes against humanity and tolerate obstruction of efforts to reveal the full horror of ongoing abuses in the region. By failing to demand accountability for current crimes, they undermine the credibility of justice being meted out for the genocide and by tolerating impunity for present slaughter, they perpetuate insecurity.” (Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda, 1999, p. 27; photo