These principles provide the foundations for our humanitarian action. It govern the way our humanitarian response is carried out.
- Humanity:Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.
- Neutrality; Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature
- Impartiality:Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no adverse distinction on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinion.
- Independence:Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.