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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies. It is present in every country and supported by millions of volunteers. Read full overview


  • From Solferino to the birth of contemporary international humanitarian law

    The early history of most institutions has been blurred by the passage of time. Even when their initial form can be clearly discerned, it often bears little resemblance to the institution as we know it today. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a striking exception - it can be traced back to a precise date, and its origins are relatively well known. This first phase is worth considering in detail, because it casts light on the entire subsequent development of the Red Cross.

    22-04-2009 || François Bugnion

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  • The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

    Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality: these seven Fundamental Principles sum up the Movement’s ethics and are at the core of its approach to helping people in need during armed conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies. This eight-page in-brief pamphlet explains how the principles unite the components of the Movement and enable them to provide effective, unbiased assistance to people in need.

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine: Protecting the witnesses - No. 2, 2012

    Journalists are often the first to expose the reality and the crimes of war. They are also crucial witnesses to the suffering and needs of vulnerable people in times of conflict and natural disaster.

Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine