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Meaning and History
The emblems of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, under the Geneva Conventions, are to be put on humanitarian and health vehicles and buildings to protect them from infantry attack on the battlefield. There are four such emblems, three of which are in use: the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, and the Red Crystal. The Red Lion and Sun is furthermore a recognized emblem, but is no longer in use.
The Red Cross on white backdrop was the original defence emblem declared at the 1864 Geneva Convention. The ideas to introduce a uniform and neutral defence emblem as well as its exact design originally came from Dr. Louis Appia and General Henri Dufour, founding constituents of the worldwide Committee. The Red Cross is characterised as a defence emblem in item 7 of the 1864 Geneva conference, section VII ("The characteristic emblem") and item 38 of the 1949 Geneva Convention ("For the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and ill in Armed Forces in the Field"). There is an unofficial affirmation inside the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that the form of the cross should be a cross composed of five squares. However, despite of the form, any Red Cross on white background should be legitimate and must be identified as a protection emblem in confrontation. Of the 186 nationwide societies which are actually recognized by the ICRC, 152 are utilising the Red Cross as their authorized organization emblem. In supplement, the Red Cross is actually utilised by the national humanity of Tuvalu which has directed for official acknowledgement.
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