International Red Cross Movement
1828 (May 8)
Henry Dunant is born in Geneva, Switzerland.
1859 (June 24)
Franco-Sardinian and Austrian troops clash in Battle of Solferino, near northern Italian town of Castiglione della Pieve. Swiss businessman Henry Dunant (aged thirty-one), horrified by the slaughter, helps to care for the wounded of both sides. This battle leads, ultimately, to formation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Henry Dunant’s book, A Memory of Solferino , is published. In it, he puts forward ways of helping the wounded in wartime.
The first meeting of the “Committee of Five”, formed to give support to Dunant’s ideas, takes place in Geneva.International Committee formed for relief of military wounded (members Henry Dunant, Gustave Moynier, Louis Appia, Theodore Maunoir and Guillaume-Henri Dufour) . In 1876, committee becomes International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
An international conference, called to launch the Red Cross Movement, opens in Geneva. It is attended by representatives from sixteen countries .A red cross on a white background is adopted as the Movement 's symbol.International Geneva Conference. Adoption of the Red Cross on white background (reverse of Swiss flag) as protective emblem and establishment of national committees for the relief of military wounded.
1864 (Aug 22)
The first Geneva Convention is signed by representatives of twelve countriesTwelve states sign 10 articles forming the first Geneva Convention – protection of international law both to wounded enemy soldiers and those caring for them.
So the use of the symbol precedes even the first GC.Does that cast a different light on the issue for anyone?
In my view,while the suit may be legal,I’m not convinced of its moral rectitude.
The fact that (if the article is correct) J&J even mention how long they have been using the logo is an attempt to establish a historical claim to it.Otherwise why not say that the IRC has been using it longer?
Just my opinion,i’m sure legally they have a solid case.
Just what is legally correct is not always right.