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The Movement’s Fundamental Principles (especially neutrality, impartiality and independence) provide an ethical compass guiding the Movement’s action in all contexts and enabling its components to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

Current dynamics, especially polarization and heightened security concerns at global, regional and national levels, cause exclusion, discrimination and significant suffering to vulnerable people. These dynamics put pressure on the Movement’s ability to act in full abidance of its principles. It is urgent to address some of the contemporary pressures on these principles. The focus of this workshop will be on how both public opinion and the adoption and implementation of restrictive policies linked to State security may place constraints on the ability of National Societies to implement their activities in an independent, neutral and impartial manner.
The debate is relevant for many fields of action. This session will focus on three of the most prominent: 1) State policies and public opinion on migration and how the two interrelate; 2) State and UN policies on preventing or countering violent extremism (P/CVE); and 3) the Movement’s contribution to combating xenophobia and discrimination.

Languages: English/French/Spanish/Arabic/Russian

Outline: Upholding independence, neutrality and impartiality in the face of State responses and public reactions to contemporary global challenges

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