Alison L. Des Forges
Summary: historian and human rights advocate who was considered as among the world's first human rights activists to highlight the ethnic tensions that exploded into the 1994 Rwanda genocide, and who was a senior adviser to the Africa division of Human Rights Watch for nearly 20 years.
Cause of Death: Airplane accident
Born: August 20, 1942
Died: February 12, 2009
Location: Buffalo, New York