"We strongly reject hate, racism, violence and discrimination of any kind"

By Béatrice Butsana-Sita, chief executive, British Red Cross

Last updated 13 December 2023

The British Red Cross continues to stand firmly against racism in all its forms. We take a zero-tolerance approach and are committed to challenging and dismantling structural racism within our practices, procedures, and communities we serve. 

For us, as a humanitarian organisation, the deaths of George Floyd, Chris Kaba, Tyre Nichols and many others serve as a reminder of the devastating impact of racism. We need to work hard, at all times and in every situation, to put time, resource and value into truly listening to people’s experiences.  

This comes at a time when prejudice, such as hate speech and racial discrimination, sadly continues. Therefore, collective action and continued focus has never been more important. 

We are here for humanity. Our teams help people in crisis. But we don’t have all the answers. That’s why our response is always shaped by people who have experienced that crisis. “As we work towards building a society based on equity and fairness, we commit to continuing to play our part in listening and mobilising.” 

And that means truly living and breathing the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, – including Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality and Universality. As one Movement, with one voice, we strongly reject hate, racism, violence and discrimination of any kind. 

Let’s continue to look out for one another and treat each other with kindness. It’s something we can all do, and it’s what makes us human. 

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