The seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross

All organisations which are part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement are bound by a set of seven fundamental principles. These are there to ensure that the work conducted is in line with the base humanitarian ideals which the organisation stands for. Ensuring consistency is important to keep neutrality, and remain without influence from political, economical and social factors. These are of course values which we highly promote as a website aiding the promotion of the work that The Red Cross movement stands for.

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The seven principals are:
Humanity: All Red Cross organisations must aim to bring aid and assistance without prejudice and discrimination. In national and international capacity the organisation exists to elevate suffering and promote mutual understanding, peace and co-operation among all people.

Impartiality: Ensuring that nationality, religion, race, class or political opinions are outside of the scope of actions, aiming to treat the most urgent and needing party first.

Neutrality: The movement may not take sides, or engage with ideologies of any type.

Independence: To ensure that bodies and factors outside of the organisation does not influence the fundamental principles held.
Voluntary: This is not an organisation, or work which is for profit or financial gain, and this base principal ensures that it’s kept this way.

Unity: This base principal limits each country to one Red Cross movement, which must be open to all, to ensure good understanding of the values of the organisation.

Universality: The last, but not the least in this row of 7 fundamental principles is Universality. Meaning that all societies have equal status and share equal responsibility and duty in helping people, helping each other and helping the organisation.

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