A Red Cross on a white background was adopted in 1863 as the movement's emblem, with a specific purpose, namely to insure the protection of wounded in war and those who care for them. States (Govt.) party to Geneva Conventions ensures strict regulations to prevent abuse of the Red Cross emblem. The emblem may only be displayed on vehicles, aircraft, ships, buildings and installations assigned to transport and shelter the wounded and by the personnel who care for them. Refer to handbook for Red Crescent & Red Crystal.