The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, 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 human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all nations.


International 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.


In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while assisting in the humanitarian services to their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy to be able to act anytime in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Voluntary Service

In its voluntary relief, the International Movement is not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any 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, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.


The Red Cross emblem is the image of a red cross against white background. It is used as a symbol of protection during any armed conflict and as a distinctive sign of belonging to the international movement in peacetime.

The Red Crescent and the Red Crystal symbols are equivalent to the symbol of the Red Cross.

All three emblems have equal status under the International Humanitarian Law and according to the laws of the country in which they are used. The National Society may use one of three logos that indicate its activities.

“Society has the exclusive right to use the emblem, flag, markings and name of the Red Cross, stipulated with the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated 28 of October 1992 ‘On the Ukrainian Red Cross Society’, the Law of Ukraine ‘On Symbols of the Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Crystal in Ukraine’ dated July 8, 1999, the Policies for use of the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblem by the national societies since 1991, adopted by the twentieth International Conference (Vienna, 1965) and revised by the Council of Delegates (Budapest, 1991). Additional Protocol III of 8 December 2005 (Geneva, 2005), paragraph 2 of Resolution 1 XXIX International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of 22 June 2006 and the Charter of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society for the purposes defined by international conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, according to the Geneva conventions of 1949 …»