Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement


‘The Movement makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.’

The dictate of equal treatment refers to all the protective, relief and care activities of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement. The suffering individual shall receive protection, relief and care in equal measure and in an equal way, without any disadvantageous, irrelevant and thereby discriminatory differences.

Through the precept of due proportion, all members of the Movement endeavour in their relief activities to be guided solely by the extent of the need, and to give priority to the most urgent cases. The greatest need shall be met with the greatest relief; the most urgent need shall receive the quickest help.

The Red Cross does not distinguish between victims and perpetrators and does not ask what caused the need. The measure of need, i.e. the extent of the injury, is the criterion for who it shall help first. The Red Cross helps wherever the need is greatest and not where it feels the most empathy.