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Alison L. Des Forges International Symposium: “Human Rights at Risk: Popular Uprisings and Regime Change”

October 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

In the past year, we have witnessed popular uprisings that have led to changes in governments in Algeria, Sudan, and Puerto Rico. At the same time, the United States has used various methods to encourage or force regime change in Iran, Syria, and Venezuela. Internal popular uprisings are often undertaken on pretexts of defending or extending human rights, but they can sometimes result in abuses of human rights. And calls for regime change in the name of “democracy” and “human rights” are often used to justify imperial intervention resulting in additional domestic repression.

Online—registration required. Email to register.

Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee; Jack Walsh; University at Buffalo: Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, Confucius Institute, Department of Political Science, Gender Institute, Humanities Institute, James Agee Chair in American Culture, Office of the Vice Provost for International Education

For more information, visit or email Roger Des Forges at, Ellen Dussourd at or Shaun Irlam at

This symposium honors the life and work of human rights activist Alison Des Forges (1942-2009).


October 15, 2020
9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee