Statement: Brazilian Red Cross

Published: 15 October 2014

Geneva - 15 October 2014. Over the last few days several articles in the media have been relaying information that the Brazilian Red Cross is allegedly at risk of being suspended as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). 

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has neither considered nor discussed a potential suspension or expulsion of the Brazilian Red Cross in the on-going audit process undertaken with the National Society.

The Movement has internal mechanisms to address integrity issues, which incorporates appropriate measures for dysfunctional National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Constitution of the IFRC, on its part also has a procedure of suspension or expulsion of its membership by the decision of its Governing Board should all means be exhausted.

With regard to the Brazilian Red Cross' situation, we recognize the commitment of the new leadership, and prioritize an approach based on trust and active support as the most effective way to overcome the situation. At this stage, no decision has been taken other than to continue supporting the recovery process of the Brazilian Red Cross as long as its authorities show evidence of the progress that the IFRC is demanding.

Through the mandate of its Governing Board, the IFRC has activated its Compliance and Mediation Committee responsible for following up on strategic decisions that the National Red Cross Society needs to fulfill. This Committee recently visited several local branches of the Brazilian Red Cross as well as its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. The report from this Committee will be presented to the organization's Governing Board in November. It will also be presented to the Brazilian Red Cross, informing the National Society on the areas that they will need to strengthen to deliver to its full capacity on the expectations the IFRC has on its membership.

In addition to the above, the IFRC has signed a tripartite agreement with the Brazilian Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross with a detailed plan of action. Regular meetings are being held with the Brazilian Red Cross to follow up on the progress made, and on the issues that might require different approaches.