History and Humanitarianism
The latest film from the Arts and Humanities Research Council looks at how arts and humanities academics are working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva to help refresh understanding on how principled humanitarian action is delivered, both in the past and today.
The ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance and protection.
The partnership led by Professor Andrew Thompson from the University of Exeter, comes at a critical time for humanitarianism - with today’s political situation on the Middle East and the resulting refugee crisis never far from our headlines, newsfeeds, or minds.
In this film we hear from Professor Thompson who recently worked with the ICRC to host an important international conference bringing leading arts and humanities academics together with experts in humanitarian aid, to provide a critical historical perspective on the ICRC’s ‘Fundamental Principles’. The Fundamental Principles have long been the primary expression of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s values and practices. The Principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality, guide the work and decisions of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement for all Red Cross Red Crescent workers in all situations and at all times.
This year (2015) is a major anniversary for the Red Cross Red Crescent movement - the 50th anniversary of the Fundamental Principles, which were adopted in Vienna in 1965. The anniversary year is being used not only to celebrate this remarkable milestone, but also reassert the contemporary relevance and importance of the Fundamental Principles.
In this film we hear from leading academics and humanitarian experts including ICRC President, Peter Maurer who speaks candidly on the unique challenges facing the Fundamental Principles and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in today’s geopolitical climate.