Red Cross Emblem

Sri Lanka Red Cross Society has been granted official authorization by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to utilize the Red Cross emblem within the nation. As a signatory to the Geneva Conventions (under Section 11 of the Geneva Conventions Act No. 4 of 2006), Sri Lanka acknowledges the rights of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and the International Federation to employ the symbols of the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, and the Red Crystal.


Within Sri Lanka, the Red Cross emblem is frequently misinterpreted due to a lack of awareness regarding its correct usage. Many mistakenly associate it with medical practices or pharmaceutical services. The Red Cross emblem holds universal recognition. Its primary purpose during armed conflicts is to safeguard the lives and equipment of those providing care to the sick and wounded. This encompasses medical and religious personnel, along with medical facilities, transportation, and supplies designated for relief efforts. Every instance of misusing or misinterpreting the Red Cross emblem diminishes its genuine significance as a symbol of neutrality and protection.


medical and pharmaceutical services is a green cross on a white background
for a hospital it is a white “H” on a blue background
and for first aid it is a white cross on a green background