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.
- The IFRC policy on migration: http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/wp-
- The IFRC Global Strategy on Migration (publication forthcoming in September 2017)
- Draft zero resolution, “Movement call for action on the humanitarian needs of vulnerable migrants”, submitted to the 2017 Council of Delegates: http://rcrcconference.org/wp-
content/uploads/2017/07/CoD17_ 07_Migration-resolution-draft- 0-final-EN.pdf
- The ICRC’s Background note and guidance for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”: https://www.icrc.org/en/
document/guidance-note- national-societies-preventing- and-countering-violent- extremism-approach
- The background report to Commission A of the 32nd International Conference, entitled The Fundamental Principles in action: A unique ethical, operational and institutional framework, and Report on the work of Commission A: The Fundamental Principles in action, both reports available at: http://rcrcconference.org/
- The concept paper for the 2009 Council of Delegates workshop on promotion of non-discrimination and respect for diversity, which includes references to all relevant statutory decisions and other documents going back to 1991: https://fednet.ifrc.org/
PageFiles/92946/CNVP/CoD_non- disc%20and%20div_WS-concept% 20paper_FINAL.pdf
- And the final report of that workshop: https://fednet.ifrc.org/
PageFiles/92946/CNVP/ COD2009NDRFDworkshopreportfina l.pdf
- The 2009 IFRC advocacy paper on promoting a culture of non-violence and peace: https://fednet.ifrc.org/
FedNet/Resources_and_Services/ Principles%20and%20Values/ IFWRCpositionpaper% 20Promotion%20of%20culture% 20of%20peace-EN-LR.pdf