Interventions armées humanitaires: injustifiables…

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Amnesty, le magazine des droits humains
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No. 70, p. 31

Humanitarian action, as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) conceives it today, is intended to provide relief to populations in danger, and not to add war to war. It must be – in its discourse but especially in practice – neutral, impartial and independent of political powers or state or personal interests. This means that, as a medical and humanitarian organization, it must be able aid all of those in need, regardless of their side, depending on needs and not on any other criteria. MSF cannot determine who the perpetrators are and who the victims are. MSF is opposed to so-called armed "humanitarian" interventions, because they are not humanitarian but purely military.