Fundamental Principles

All actions of the Red Cross movement throughout the world are inspired and influenced by set of fundamental principles based on Humanity, Impartility, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Services and Universality.

Humanity

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors', in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all People.

Impartiality

It makes no discrimination as to nationality race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors' to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress

Neutrality

The Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Independence

The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all time to act in accordance with the principals of the Movement.

Voluntary Service

It is voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

Unity

There can be only one Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in any one country.

It must be open to all.

It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.