President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins meets with International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer at ICRC headquarters in Geneva
The Irish Red Cross welcomes the visit by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins to the International Committee of the Red Cross' (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva where the President met with ICRC President Peter Maurer. Taking to Twitter after the meeting, Peter Maurer said "an advocate for humanitarian action, #Ireland brings a strong voice to support the laws of war and works courageously on weapons treaties and disarmament issues"
President Higgins also met Irish people who are working in the ICRC Geneva.
President Higgins is Honorary President and Patron of the Irish Red Cross and has been very supportive of the Irish Society and the wider Red Cross movement during his time in office, receiving Mr. Maurer at Áras an Uachtaráin in November 2016.
President Higgins has also made presentations to Irish Red Cross volunteer inmates in both Mountjoy and Castlerea prisons and has opened the Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue Base in Trooperstown Wood near Laragh in Co Wicklow.
President Higgins has received Irish Red Cross volunteers at Áras an Uachtaráin on several occasions and noted recently that; “the urge to alleviate human suffering, to protect life and health and to uphold human dignity is very much alive in the seven principles that guide the actions of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement today, namely humanity, impartiality, independence, neutrality, voluntary service, unity and universality. Around the world, the emblem of the red cross on a white background is recognised as a symbol of protection and hope in situations of emergency and vulnerability.”
The ICRC helps people around the world affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence, doing everything it can to protect their dignity and relieve their suffering, often with its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners. The ICRC also seeks to prevent hardship by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and championing universal humanitarian principles. Under the Geneva Conventions, it is the responsibility of all national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, including the Irish Red Cross, to engage in a range of actions to promote awareness of international humanitarian law.