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Council of Delegates 1995: Resolution 9

02-12-1995 Resolution

Armed protection of humanitarian assistance

Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Geneva, Switzerland, 1 - 2 December 1995

The Council of Delegates,

recalling Resolution 5 of the 1993 Council of Delegates calling upon the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to form a joint working group to study the issue of armed protection for humanitarian assistance and asking that working group to report back to the ICRC and the International Federation, as well as to the Policy and Planning Advisory Commission,

 being aware of the increased level of violence in many parts of the world which directly affects or is directed against victims of disaster, war and situations of internal violence, the most vulnerable in a situation of chronic need and those who seek to alleviate their suffering,

 recalling the fundamental need for all actions of the Movement to reflect a spirit of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence,

 being aware also of the need to ensure that urgent relief is delivered in a timely fashion to those who need it most,

1.  takes note of the report submitted by the ICRC and the International Federation on the basis of the findings and recommendations of the above-mentioned working group;

2.  reiterates the basic principle that the components of the Movement do not use armed protection;

3.  endorses the guiding principles laid down in Section III of the report and particularly the minimal criteria laid down for the exceptional use of armed protection of humanitarian convoys.