IFRC


Humanity

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.


Analysis of the Fundamental Principle of Humanity
The text under the Fundamental Principle of Humanity includes the following elements:

  • it recalls the origins of the Movement: "born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield";
  • it recalls the double dimension of the Movement: the national and the international one;
  • it defines the mission of the Movement: "to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found";
  • it defines the purposes of the Movement:
  • to protect life and health;
  • to ensure respect for the human being;
  • to promote mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

Consequences of the Fundamental principle of Humanity
The consequences of the principle of Humanity are not so much boundaries and guidelines for the action, as the other Fundamental Principles are: the principle of Humanity is rather a constant reminder of what the objectives of the Movement are. The principle of Humanity expresses what the Movement places beyond anything else: the need to act in order to prevent and alleviate human suffering.

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright