Fundamental Principles

The seven fundamental principles of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society’s (ICRC), proclaimed in Vienna in 1965, guarantees the continuity of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its humanitarian work.


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was born out of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours 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.


The Movement makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious belief, class or political opinion. It endeavours to relive the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent of distress.


In order to continue enjoying the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of any political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliary 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.

Voluntary Service

The Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


There can be only One Red Cross or One Red Crescent in any one country. Such a National Society must be open to all and must carry out its humanitarian work throughout its territory.


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all National Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is world-wide.

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