The Indian Red Cross Society shall be guided in its work by the principles of International
humanitarian law and shall respect the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and
RedCrescent Movement namely;
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring
assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors,
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, co-operation
and lasting peace amongst all people.
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religiousbeliefs, class or political
opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely
by their needs, and to give priority to the mosturgent cases of distress.
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all theMovement may not take sides
in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a Political, racial, and
religious of ideological nature
The Movement is independent. The National Societies,while auxiliaries in the humanitarian
services of their governments and subject tothe laws of their respective countries,
must always maintain their autonomy so thatthey may be able at all times to act
in accordance with the principles of theMovement.
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted inany manner by desire for gain.
There can be only one Red Cross Society in any one country. It must be open to all.
It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, inwhich all Societies have
equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties inhelping each other, is