Why does ICRC place so much emphasis on "neutrality" - isn't this just a way of not having to take a moral stand?

 Acting on behalf of all : ICRC needs to work for all who are protected by IHL and who are made vulnerable because of armed conflict. This implies dealing with the authorities - on any side - who have the power to let it act. Not taking sides in an armed conflict is vital in enabling ICRC to reach out to those who need its help.

 More on this:  
Hans Haug: Humanity for All       (1993) - Neutrality as a Fundamental Principle of the Red CrossPublic Advocacy - Why the Red Cross and Red Crescent should look before it leaps
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