IRRC No. 224

Red Cross assistance and protection

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Assistance is the essence of all Red Cross actions; protection and assistance are the essence of all ICRC actions.To approach the subject of this paper “Red Cross assistance and protection”, one should recall a few basic rules and concepts as guidelines in this study.Firstly it should be clear that we shall not deal here with situations of natural disasters, which normally require Red Cross assistance only. Nor shall we deal with situations of internal disturbances or tensions, which involve mainly the ICRC and its activities in favour of persons detained for political or security reasons.

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