Doctors Without Borders Head to Speak on Post-9/11 Humanitarian Action
Nicolas de Torrente, Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders and 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient to Speak
Should humanitarian agencies drop established notions of independence, impartiality, and neutrality ?
De Torrente will speak on "Humanitarian Action Post 9/11" on Thursday, February 21 at 4 p.m. in Dodd Hall Auditorium 147. Over the past months, the global anti-terrorism campaign has focused on combating al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, where millions of civilians are victims of internal conflict and drought, there are those who say that Western political leaders have attempted to subordinate humanitarian action to their broader political and military objectives.
Should humanitarian agencies drop established notions of independence, impartiality, and neutrality that guide their action and join the anti-terrorism campaign? Do they have a choice?
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Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2002