The Indian Red Cross
Society aims to inspire, encourage and initiate at all time, all forms of
humanitarian activities so that human suffering can be minimized, alleviated
and even prevented, thus contribute to create a more congenial climate for
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 the human being. It
promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace
amongst all people.
It 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 at any time in controversies of a
political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
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
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire
There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent 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, in which all
societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in
helping each other, is worldwide.