The Seven 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, 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 peoples.

  • Impartiality

    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.

  • 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 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 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 one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be 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.

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The Words of the SARC President Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers are carrying SARC's emblem on their chests and forgetting their names while confronting danger, penetrating the walls of pain and fear, while planting hope and reassurance, with all sense of responsibility and far away from consideration, but with full impartiality and neutrality.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is a humanitarian organization, voluntary, elected, non-profitable, with its own prestigious character, and has its own financial and administrative independence, founded in 1942 and was recognized by the International Movement of 1946.
Since the founding of this organization it has played a significant role in responding to crises experienced in the region, and it has provided assistance to our brothers, the Iraqis, the Lebanese and the Palestinians, and during the current crisis in Syria, it has responded to the humanitarian situation in collaboration with its partners inside and outside Syria.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent provided, by responding to the current situation, a number of martyrs and wounded volunteers and staff while performing their humanitarian duty, I can only ask for mercy for those martyrs, and gratitude for the noble humanitarian work that they have done keeping across Syria.
In conclusion I reiterate my gratitude and appreciation for all those volunteers in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, who have played the most important and prominent role in the current circumstances that prevailed in the country to provide a helping hand to those affected and to save the lives of wounded, and as for me, I will not be the one who will thank them, but the Syrians are the ones who will remember them and talk about their noble work.

Abdul Rahman Attar

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