Jean-Marc Biquet

MSF: l’action humanitaire en Irak ne doit pas avoir d’"agenda caché"

As part of the preparations for the war in Iraq, a "humanitarian component" is currently being organized by the U.S. government and the military. In this article, Jean-Marc Biquet expresses his concern over the military following humanitarians once again during an armed intervention. According to him, humanitarian action must not have a "hidden agenda", but must remain a process in itself, with the sole objective of alleviating the suffering of populations. Today, however, this action is increasingly subject to the political objectives of certain governments.

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Les risques quotidiens de la dévaluation de la démarche humanitaire

After restating the definition, purpose, and role of humanitarian assistance, the author emphasizes the dangers that misuse for political considerations represents for the image of humanitarian action. While recognizing that technical expertise is important for effective provision of aid, the author stresses that humanitarianism requires more than technology. He also warns that collecting the funds necessary for relief operations must not lead to commercial-style marketing of humanitarian assistance.

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Les valeurs que défend Médecins Sans Frontières

"Who do they think they are? The new Knights Hospitaller? A sword in one hand and a stethoscope in the other!" That was, in essence, the ulcerated reaction of the humanitarian community after food packages were dropped by the U.S. military over Afghanistan – between two bombings. During the "first humanitarian war" waged by NATO in Kosovo (1999), it had already felt a real sense of revolt.

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Accès aux soins: Un droit de l’homme refusé

Since 1981, Médecins Sans Frontières has been intervening in ex Congo-Zaire, renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 1997. For nearly 10 years, this country has been going from war to war. As always, it is the people who suffer the most: hundreds of thousands of direct or indirect civilian deaths, while survivors try to survive on a ruined and divided territory. So far, the international community has been powerless, even impassive...

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Enfance volée: Le calvaire des enfants-soldats

Since 1981, Médecins Sans Frontières has been intervening in ex Congo-Zaire, renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 1997. For nearly 10 years, this country has been going from war to war. As always, it is the people who suffer the most: hundreds of thousands of direct or indirect civilian deaths, while survivors try to survive on a ruined and divided territory. So far, the international community has been powerless, even impassive...

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Déplacés: La fuite comme ultime ressource

Since 1981, Médecins Sans Frontières has been intervening in ex Congo-Zaire, renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 1997. For nearly 10 years, this country has been going from war to war. As always, it is the people who suffer the most: hundreds of thousands of direct or indirect civilian deaths, while survivors try to survive on a ruined and divided territory. So far, the international community has been powerless, even impassive...

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