Indonesian Red Cross Society
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|Formation||17 September 1945|
|105 staff, including 17 expatriatesa|
|Remarks||aFrom ICRC website|
The Indonesian Red Cross Society (Indonesian: Palang Merah Indonesia) is a humanitarian organization in Indonesia. It is a member of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Indonesia is the one of the very few Muslim-majority countries to use the Red Cross as its symbol. Because Indonesia is neither a strictly faith-based nor secular nation, it has chosen to use the Red Cross as its symbol.
In mid-2013, the Indonesian Red Cross Society had 32,568 people in its Volunteer Corps, 19,294 Individual Volunteers and 893,381 Blood Donor Volunteers, for a total of 945,243 persons, which is recorded as the highest number of volunteers in the world.
The IRCS was created on 17 September 1945, exactly one month after Indonesia's independence. President Sukarno ordered its inception when a battle between Indonesian soldiers and allied troops broke out, leaving many wounded, on 3 September 1945. Based on the performance, IRCS received an international recognition in 1950 that it was accepted as a member of the International Red Cross and achieved its legal status through Presidential Decree Number 25 of 1959, which was later reinforced by Presidential Decree Number 245 of 1963.
The IRCS central headquarters is located at Jl. Jenderal Gatot Soebroto Kav. 96, Jakarta.
- "Indonesian Red Cross Refuses to Change Its Logo", The Jakarta Globe, 26 February 2012
- "PMI Bina dan Kembangkan Relawan melalui Temu Karya Nasional". Indonesian Red Cross Society. 13 June 2013.
- "History". Indonesian Red Cross Society.
- "Contact". Indonesian Red Cross Society.
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