International Committee of the Red Cross

The protection of the red cross, red crescent and red crystal emblems – Factsheet

Legal factsheet 25 March 2014

Factsheet on the protection granted by international humanitarian law to Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal Emblems. In particular, the following questions/topics are addressed: the protection of the emblems under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols; domestic measures to regulate emblem usage and prevent abuse; the necessity of protecting the emblems; further information.