The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Example: While country A and B are in hostility situation, and country B is suffering natural disaster, the Red Cross in country A should provide humanitarian services to the victims in country B. Though the government of country A may oppose, however, based on the Independence principle, the Red Cross personnel should continue their relief operation.