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Fundamental Principles

The main tenets of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are summarized by the fundamental principles proclaimed in 1965. These Fundamental Principles guide the International Federation (IFRC), Local Associations (Red Crescent/Red Cross) and International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) officers and volunteers in thier responsibilities in relief, they also forming a universal foundation which promotes the goals and humanitarian causes of the Movement.

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 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 peoples.

IMPARTIALITY
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

NEUTRALITY
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.

INDEPENDENCE
The Red Crescent Movement is independent. The Turkish Red Crescent Society, while an auxiliary in the humanitarian services of its government and subject to the laws of Republic of Turkey, always maintains its autonomy so that it is able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the International Federation of Red Crescent-Red Cross 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 Crescent Society in Turkey. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout the territory of Turkey.

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.
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