7 Fundamental Principles
In its work around the world, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is guided by seven fundamental principles:
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which has emerged as a result of seeking to help all wounded on the battlefield without exception and preference, is trying to prevent or alleviate human suffering under any circumstances, both internationally and nationally. The movement is called upon to protect the life and health of people, to ensure respect for the human. It contributes to the achievement of mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace between nations.
The Movement makes no distinction based on race, religion, class or political views. It only seeks to alleviate sufferings of people, and especially those who need it most.
In order to preserve the general trust, the Movement cannot accept anybody's parties in armed conflicts and enter into disputes of a political, racial, religious and ideological nature.
Movement is independent. National societies, while providing assistance to their governments in their humanitarian activities and subject to the laws of their country, must maintain autonomy in order to be able to act in accordance with the principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
In its voluntary activities, the Movement is in no way guided by the pursuit of commercial gain.
There can be only one Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in the country. It should be open to all, and provide its humanitarian activities throughout the country.
Movement is universal. All National Societies have equal rights and are obliged to assist each other.