It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Alpha Fall, IHRDA’s co-founder, on 21 April 2011 at a hospital in Brussels.
After working at the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as co-founder and Executive Director of IHRDA (2003-2005), Alpha set out to sensitise Africa about the African Charter and bring its mechanisms to their full potential. Alpha believed strongly in defending human rights in Africa, and he lived this passion unreservedly. His contribution to the promotion of human rights in Africa has been immense. He helped train hundreds of human rights defenders to promote and seek protection of their rights. Time and again, he lectured at universities, facilitated workshops, filed cases pro bono on behalf of victims of human rights abuses and adviced human rights institutions. His life’s work leaves an indelible mark on human rights in Africa and he will be sorely missed.
Alpha studied law at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He also worked with the International Centre for Transitional Justice in Kinshasa and was, immediately prior to his death, Head of Transitional Justice Unit, UN OHCHR in Bujumbura.
IHRDA has opened a condolence book at our offices in Brusubi, The Gambia. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Our heartfelt sympathies to Alpha’s family, and especially Nana, Manel, Naila and Ibrahima.