Reference : V-P-CH-E-01089
Date : 29/04/2014
Caption : Geneva, Rath Museum. Inauguration of the exhibition "Humanizing war ? ICRC - 150 Years of Humanitarian Action." The protective emblems: red crescent, red cross and red crystal.
Photographer : GASSMANN, Thierry
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The three emblems of the red cross, the red crescent and the red crystal, protect the wounded in times of war and safeguard military medical services and health workers in the field. These symbols also serve to identify ICRC staff and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in their daily efforts to help victims of armed violence, natural disasters, and other humanitarian emergencies.

The red cross emblem on a white background is chosen in 1864. As a protective symbol, it shields both army medical services and relief societies that aid the wounded. In 1867, the Ottoman Empire adopts the red crescent on a white background as a protective sign. The new emblem is recognized in 1929. Another emblem, the red crystal, is adopted in 2005 for use by National Societies that cannot use the red cross or red crescent.

The “Humanizing War?” exhibition takes a look at the evolution of the ICRC as well as the evolution of the challenges it faces. The exhibition is part of the “150 years of humanitarian action” project. At the heart of this exhibition are the human interactions that take place between the belligerents, the victims and the ICRC employees.

Original material : digital
Resolution : 4256x2832
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour