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Fundamental principles

Namibia Red Cross is guided by 7 (seven) fundamental principles.

Humanity

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 occurs. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for human beings. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all people.

Impartiality

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals guided by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

Neutrality

In order 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.

Independence

The movement is independent. The national societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject of the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Voluntary Service

It is a voluntary relief movement, not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

Unity

There can be only one Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in any one country, which is open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality 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.