Friday, October 26, 2007
International Red Cross
On October 26, 1863 in Geneva the International Red Cross came into being. The centerpiece of international humanitarian law, it was concerned with regulating armed conflict and protecting people from barbarity in times of war. As Jean Pictet expressed it:
This leads to awareness that humanitarian principles are common to all human communities wherever they may be. When different customs, ethics and philosophies are gathered for comparison and when they are melted down, their particularities eliminated and only what is general extracted, one is left with a pure substance, which is the heritage of all mankind.