Fundamental Principles

The seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was proclaimed in 1965 at the 20th International Conference in Vienna, and have been included in the Statutes of the Movement:

Humanity

Humanity

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement desires to assist the wounded on the battlefield without discrimination in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

Impartiality

Impartiality

It does not discriminate anyone based on nationality, race, religious, beliefs, class or political opinions. It aspires to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress

Neutrality

Neutrality

In order to remain true to our mission, the Movement does not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies which are political, racial, religious or ideological in nature

Independence

Independence

The Movement is independent. Although the auxiliaries in government humanitarian service are subject to the law of respective countries the National Societies must always maintain their autonomy so that they are able to act in accordance with the Movement's principles at all times

Voluntary Service

Voluntary Service

Its is a voluntary relief movement that is unprompted by any desire for gain

Unity

Unity

There can only be one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all and carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory

Universality

Universality

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