Among the fundamental principles of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are:
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. Read more about the principle of Neutrality.
The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
Yesterday, both were thrown out the window.
During Pope Benedict XVI's Mass yesterday in Santiago de Cuba, a Red Cross employee (or a Cuban state security agent dressed in Red Cross garb) attacked a Cuban pro-democracy activist, who was brutally repressed for yelling "freedom" and "down with Communism."
As you can see in the picture below, the Red Cross employee hit the activist over the head with a stretcher.
There should be an immediate investigation.
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