IFRC launches a global campaign on migration: Protect humanity, stop indifference

Published: 17 September 2015

Tunis/Geneva, 17 September 2015. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is launching today a global campaign, calling on individuals, communities, decision makers, social commentators and leaders at all levels to do all they can to support vulnerable people on the move.

The campaign – ‘Protect humanity - Stop indifference – seeks to foster solidarity and empathy for these vulnerable people in their countries of origin, and at points of transit and destination, and call for their protection.

The IFRC is inviting supporters to visit www.ifrc.org/protecthumanity and add their signature to an online petition calling for the humane treatment of vulnerable people on the move. Supporters can also share their thoughts about the issue using the hashtag #ProtectHumanity.

The petition will be presented to participants at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva this December.

“We have all been moved by harrowing scenes from across Europe, reminding us of the dangers and multiple challenges that migrants face all along their journeys,” said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the IFRC. “We have also seen powerful demonstrations of humanity by shocked individuals and local communities.

“Let our shock be an inspiration to take action and join our campaign. Help us reaffirm that every single person, regardless of legal status, has the right to safety and dignity.”

The campaign is being launched at an IFRC Migration Partnership Meeting in Tunis where participants from across the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, as well as governments representatives from affected countries,  and UN and NGO humanitarian partners will focus on strengthening the humanitarian response to the current crisis, as well as improving support for affected people all along their journeys.

In recent weeks Red Cross volunteers and staff in Italy, Greece, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Austria and Germany have stood true to their humanitarian mission and provided support to tens of thousands of vulnerable migrants, treating them at all times with dignity.

“The Red Cross and Red Crescent is present in every country,” said Mr Sy. “We are on the docks where those rescued at sea come in to land, we are at train stations and borders throughout Europe, and we are on the road side to provide food, water and protection from the elements.”


More than 300,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea this year, while an estimated 2,500 have drowned trying to make the journey. According to the UN almost 60 million people have been forcibly displaced in 2015, and tens of millions more have left their homes in search of economic opportunities for themselves and their families, and in search of dignity and peace.

For further information and to set up interviews, please contact:

In Geneva:

Benoit Carpentier, Team leader public communications, IFRC

Mobile: +41 79 213 24 13, Email: benoit.carpentier@ifrc.org

In Tunis:

Corinne Ambler, Communications Coordinator Migration, IFRC

Mobile: +41 78 712 88 24, Email: corinne.ambler@ifrc.org

Pierre Kremer, head of communications, IFRC

Tel: +41 79 22 64 832, Email: pierre.kremer@ifrc.org

About the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. Together with our 189 member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide, we reach 97.1 million people annually through long-term services and development programmes as well as 85 million people through disaster response and early recovery programmes each year. We act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions. For more information, please visit www.ifrc.org. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.