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Human Rights Intensive Speaker Series Many Questions, Few Answers: Reflections on the Intersections between Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Work

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films.

The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). (fulfills the Human Rights Intensive requirement)


Many Questions, Few Answers: Reflections on the Intersections between Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Work

The mention of humanitarian aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors without Borders is often immediately associated with emergency medical teams bringing medical aid to vulnerable populations affected by natural disasters, wars and epidemics around the world. Whilst its key values are neutrality, impartiality and independence, MSF also works to raise awareness and create debate about these crises through its policy of ‘témoignage’ i.e. bearing witness.

Marie Tan Kiak Li will do so through sharing her personal and professional reflections on the intersections between human rights and aid work that she has encountered during the course of helping provide healthcare in various contexts ranging from war-zones in Yemen and the Central African Republic to the ebola epidemic response in Guinea, refugee and returnees in Chad by the Darfur border and fistula repair in the heartland of Burundi. The questions and dilemmas she will share about come from her perspective as a non-medical field worker with MSF. 


Marie Tan Kiak Li, Humanitarian Aid Worker

Marie Tan Kiak Li, a native of Penang, Malaysia, has worked with the Nobel Peace Prize winning medical aid organization MSF since 2012. She has served with the organization in a variety of non-medical roles ranging from logistician, administrator, finance controller to human resources coordinator with the emergency pool and supported MSF’s missions in West, Central and East Africa, Asia, the Magreb and the Middle East. 

Marie graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in Psychology and French and obtained a MSc in Political Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 


July 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm