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Conditions for recognition of National Societies

28-02-1987 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 256

 Extract from "Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement", adopted by the Twenty-fifth International Conference of the Red Cross at Geneva in October 1986.  

Article 4

In order to be recognized in terms of Article 5, paragraph 2 b) as a National Society, the Society shall meet the following conditions:

1. Be constituted on the territory of an independent State where the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field is in force.

2. Be the only National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society of the said State and be directed by a central body which shall alone be competent to represent it in its dealings with other components of the Movement.

3. Be duly recognized by the legal government of its country on the basis of the Geneva Conventions and of the national legislation as a voluntary aid society, auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field.

4. Have an autonomous status which allows it to operate in conformity with the Fundamental Principles of the Movement.

5 . Use the name and emblem of the Red Cross or Red Crescent in conformity with the Geneva Conventions.

6. Be so organized as to be able to fulfil the tasks defined in its own statutes, including the preparation in peace time for its statutory tasks in case of armed conflict.

7. Extend its activities to the entire territory of the State.

8. Recruit its voluntary members and its staff without consideration of race, sex, class, religion or political opinions.

9. Adhere to the present Statutes, share in the fellowship which unites the components of the Movement and co-operate with them.

10. Respect the Fundamental Principles of the Movement and be guided in its work by the principles of international humanitarian law.