The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about spiralling violence in Ukraine, and about the lack of respect for medical and humanitarian work and for those carrying it out.
The Finnish Red Cross helps Filipinos who lost their livelihood to typhoon Haiyan and helps them to buy building supplies. The clinic that was sent from Finland is already run by local healthcare professionals.
The members of parliament and the Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen received the Red Cross’ petition calling for immediate action concerning acceptance of Syrian refugees and increasing the refugee quota. The Minister of the Interior promised that the refugee quota would be raised.
The Finnish Red Cross and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health have updated the way they work together on preparedness for accidents and in first-aid operations. The new agreement means that in a situation of public disturbance the Red Cross can, for the first time, also begin to coordinate other volunteer groups, in addition to the Voluntary Rescue Service.
Since tensions began mounting in Kyiv in January 2014, the Ukrainian Red Cross has been on the front line, helping all the injured without distinction. So far, 300 people have received treatment. This short video shows the Ukrainian Red Cross in action.
The Ukrainian Red Cross and the ICRC remind everyone that the Red Cross emblem provides protection for military medical services and relief workers in armed conflicts.
The emblem may not be used by people or organizations that are not entitled to do so under international humanitarian law and national legislation.