May 21 – Independence Day of the Red Cross of RNM
The years passed and the Red Cross became more and more capable of carrying out its humanitarian goals and tasks to provide assistance where necessary. The Red Cross has harmonized its goals and objectives with the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, namely: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality.
With the independence of the state, the Republic of North Macedonia there was a need for independence of the Red Cross of the Republic of Macedonia. Thus, on May 21, 1992, a Decision for independence was taken. In 1994, the Law on the Red Cross of the Republic of Macedonia was adopted. During this period, the Red Cross of the Republic of Macedonia had numerous various activities. The organization was particularly active in taking care of refugees from parts of the former Yugoslavia, where fierce fighting was taking place.
After gaining its independence, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia ratified the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocols of 1977 on August 25, 1993. On November 1, 1995, the Red Cross of the Republic of Macedonia was recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, and on November 27, 1995, it was admitted to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as the 169th full-fledged member.