World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


South Sudan: National Red Cross Society Formally Recognized

South Sudan: National Red Cross Society Formally Recognized

Geneva/Juba (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) formally recognized the South Sudan Red Cross Society on 18 June, making it the 189th National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in the world and part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This comes almost exactly two years after South Sudan became an independent State.

"Recognition of the South Sudan Red Cross is a landmark for the Movement," said Philip Spoerri, director for international law and cooperation at the ICRC. "We are pleased to welcome this new National Society and are confident that it will carry out the mission of our Movement, which is to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found."

Responsibility for recognizing new National Societies rests with the ICRC. The statutes of the Movement set out 10 conditions for recognition, which include the following: the National Society must be constituted on the territory of an independent State that is party to the First Geneva Convention of 1949, and must have an autonomous status under domestic law allowing it to abide by the Movement's Fundamental Principles at all times.

As a National Society, in accordance with the Movement's statutes, the South Sudan Red Cross carries out a wide range of humanitarian activities. Besides disaster management and health care, it provides information about the Fundamental Principles, the laws protecting the red cross and red crescent emblems, the protection those emblems provide, and international humanitarian law.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. It is composed of the ICRC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and, as of today, 189 National Societies. Each component of the Movement has its own role and legal identity, but all are guided by the seven Fundamental Principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Palestine: Border Police Extremely Close When They Shot The US Activist

New testimony at final hearing in Tristan Anderson's trial indicates Border Police were extremely close when they shot the US activist in the head More>>

Palestine: Ni’lin Demonstrators Met With Violence

International Solidarity Movement On the 20th of March, during Ni’lin’s weekly Friday demonstration, Israeli occupation forces attacked protestors with about 20 rounds of tear gas canisters shot with the ‘venom’ tear gas launcher mounted on a military jeep ... More>>

ALSO:

UN Envoy Says Yemen On 'Rapid Downward Spiral'

Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned today as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition. More>>


Continued International Support As Vanuatu Recovers

Damage seen on Saturday 14 March 2015 in Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam moved through the Archipelago. Photo: UNICEF Pacific More>>

UNICEF Rushes Emergency Supplies For Cyclone-Affected Tuvalu

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in Tuvalu as part of its efforts to assist communities in the Pacific region that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam, with nutrition and hygiene kits arriving today. More>>

Vanuatu: Regenvanu Expects 50% Of People Struck By Pam To Be Homeless

Vanuatu Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu says more than 50 percent of those hit by super Cyclone Pam at the weekend are now homeless. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news