About the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

We are an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and violence, natural disasters and other emergencies. 

From our president

ICRC President

Our neutrality allows us to help people suffering in conflict. Nations need to support the space for neutral humanitarian action. Because when the world takes sides, we side with humanity.

Mirjana Spoljaric President, ICRC

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Frequently asked questions

  • Our mission is to protect the lives and dignity of those affected by armed conflict and to provide them with assistance, such as food and clean water, health care and shelter. We also work to prevent and alleviate the suffering of those affected by other situations of violence, such as internal disturbances and tensions.

  • We promote humanitarian values and principles through our advocacy and awareness-raising efforts. We work to raise awareness about the impact of armed conflicts on civilians, advocate for the rights and protection of vulnerable people, and foster respect for international humanitarian law among states, armed groups and other relevant actors. We also engage in dialogue and cooperation with governments and non-state actors to promote the integration of humanitarian principles into policy and practice.

  • Neutrality is a fundamental principle that guides our work. It means that the ICRC maintains a neutral stance and that we do not take sides in armed conflicts or political disputes. This is how we are able to provide humanitarian assistance to people who need help at the front line.