The Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross &
the Red Crescent Movement
The doctrine of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is summed up in the Fundamental Principles of the Movement, unanimously proclaimed by the 20th International Conference in 1965. The Fundamental Principles give Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers clear guidelines to facilitate and define scope for their humanitarian work, and also provide a firm and universally accepted basis for the promotion of the movement's ideals and humanitarian values.
The International Red Cross and Crescent Movement born of d 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 among all peoples.
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.
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious, or ideological nature.
The Movement is independent. The 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 times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
There can only be one Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry of its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping other, is worldwide.