Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement

Independence

‘The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.’

Even though the Swiss Red Cross is the only officially (i.e. by the Federal Council) recognized national Red Cross organization in Switzerland, it maintains its independence and resists any political or economic pressure at all times. The same applies to the influence from the media or the general public. On the contrary, to maintain its independence the SRC avoids any political, ideological or economic interference.

Cooperation with and support of the authorities in the humanitarian field are one of the basic functions of the SRC and all other National Societies. The role of 'auxiliary to the public authorities' does not prevent the SRC from carrying out freely selected activities in complete independence of the State.