ICRC Press release
22 June 2006
International conference paves the way for red crystal
Geneva (ICRC) The 29th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
has amended the Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
to incorporate the additional emblem of the red crystal, which now has the same
status as the red cross and red crescent. In addition the participants to the
International Conference requested that the ICRC and the International Federation
recognize and admit the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PCRS) into the Movement.
As a consequence of this successful outcome the ICRC has now recognized the
Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the Israeli National Society and Magen
David Adom (MDA), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies will admit both National Societies. This outcome extends the universality
of the Movement to an important area of Red Cross and Red Crescent operations
and strengthens the operational cooperation of the two National Societies with
each other and with their international partners in the Movement.
The Conference had been convened as a follow-up to the diplomatic conference
of States in December 2005, which adopted the Third Additional Protocol to the
Geneva Conventions, creating an additional protective emblem for the Movement,
known as the red crystal.
The chairman of the International Conference Mohammed Al Hadid declared that:
''This is an historical moment for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
Movement. We urge all governments to respect the red crystal, in addition to
the red cross and the red crescent''.
The acceptance by States party to the Geneva Conventions of the Movement's
amended Statutes also means that National Societies can benefit from the flexibility
afforded by the Third Additional Protocol in the use of the red crystal or of
a combination of emblems recognized by the Conventions.
The use of the red crystal will also provide additional protection to war victims
and humanitarian workers in conflict situations where the red cross or the red
crescent cannot be used.
The ICRC, the International Federation and the National Societies might use
the red crystal temporarily and in exceptional circumstances. However no State
or National Society is obliged to make any change to the emblem it uses. The
ICRC and the International Federation will not change their respective names
The International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent brings together
representatives of the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, the International
Federation and the ICRC, with representatives of the States that are party to
the Geneva Convention. In total 178 National Societies attended and 148 States.
For further information, or to set up interviews (ISDN lines
available in Geneva),
Ian Piper, ICRC Tel: +41 22 730 2063 or + 41 79 217 3216 (mobile)
Marie-Francoise Borel, International Federation Tel: +41 22 730 4346 or + 41
79 217 3345
The International Federation, Red Cross and Red Crescent
National Societies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross together
constitute the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.