The Geneva Convention says that medical services are seen to be neutral on the battlefield, which is upheld by the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies today. The International Federation is made up of volunteers and encourages participatory development by preventing and alleviating suffering and by maintaining and promoting human dignity and peace in the world. There are seven fundamental principles that unite those who work with the Red Cross, including respect for the human being. In 2001, a new initiative was put in place–the International Disaster Response Laws, Rules and Principles Programme–that suggests that legal frameworks for preparedness are necessary to reduce human vulnerability.
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