|Basic Rules of International Humanitarian Law (ICRC, 26 p.)|
In order to be able to accept the responsibilities and duties and to understand the rights of medical personnel as stated in the Geneva Conventions*, it is vital that everybody who works within a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society receives adequate instruction in International Humanitarian Law, follows at all times the Fundamental Principles of the Movement and shows through action his neutrality and impartiality.
*When the "Geneva Conventions" are mentioned, the Additional Protocols are included.
Furthermore, the National Society has a responsibility to assist its government in the dissemination of the Geneva Conventions, not only in order that these rules become known, understood, accepted and respected but also in order that the whole population understands and supports the Red Cross or Red Crescent so that it becomes more efficient, for the benefit of all, in time of conflict as in time of peace.
ONLY WHEN CIVILIANS know their rights are they able to claim them. ONLY WHEN SOLDIERS know the rules are they ready to respect them.
ONLY WHEN FIRST AIDERS know the basis for their rights and duties can they be expected to do their job properly.