Objectives of the IOCP
We, the Creole from all over the world are determined
- to do our utmost so that Creole is recognized as a people and a culture.
- to establish the conducive atmosphere to unite Creoles form different parts of the world.
- to employ new technology and means of communication to reach out toward each other.
- to galvanize all forces within the Creole world to build up the PanCreole movement.
The Purposes of the International Organization of Creole People:
To maintain close relationship and harmony among Creole people.
- To develop friendly relations among the different bidies or individuals working for the promotions of the Creole Culture in general, and the Creole language in particular.
- To achieve international co-operation in social and cultural field in promoting and encouraging respect for Creolism without distinction as to colour, sex, or religion.
- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of Creole nations in the attainment of these common ends.
- To take other appropriate measures to strengthen the universality of the Creole culture.
The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.
- The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
- All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
- All Members shall act in such a manner that there is uniformity in the aims and objectives i.e. the progression of Creole culture.
- All Members shall refrain from bringing the Creole culture into disrepute or act in a way which is inconsistent with the Purposes of the IOCP.
- All Members shall give the IOCP every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter.
- The Organization shall ensure that associations, groups and clubs which are Members of the IOCP act in accordance with these Principles so far as may be necessary for the maintenance of harmonization.
- Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the IOCP to intervene in matters which are essentially within the local affairs of any member or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter.
The original members of the IOCP shall be the founder members, having participated in the Las Vegas meeting in May 2005 or having previously signed the present Charter and ratify it. They will be referred to as the International Council.
- Membership of the IOCP is open to all other organizations, associations, clubs , groups or individuals working towards the promotion, progression and recognition of Creolism and which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations.
- The admission of any such state to membership in the IOCP will be effected by a decision of the International Council upon the recommendation of one of the member sitting on the International Council.
A Member of the IOCP against which preventive or enforcement action has been taken by the International Council may be suspended from the exercise of the rights and privileges of membership by the IOCP upon the recommendation of one of the International Council member. The exercise of these rights and privileges may be restored by the International Council.
A Member of the IOCP which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the International Council upon the recommendation of a member of the International Council.
- There are established as the principal organs of the United Nations:
a General Assembly
a International Council and
- Such subsidiary organs as may be found necessary may be established in accordance with the present Charter.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
- The General Assembly shall consist of all the Members of the IOCP.
- Each Association, Cub or group shall have not more than five representatives in the General Assembly.
FUNCTIONS and POWERS
The General Assembly may discuss any questions or any matters within the scope of the present Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any organs provided for in the present Charter, may make recommendations to the Members of the IOCP or to the International Council or to both on any such questions or matters.
- The General Assembly may consider the general principles of co-operation in the maintenance of harmonization including the principles governing preservation of Creolism and may make recommendations with regard to such principles to the Members or to the International Council or to both.
- The General Assembly may discuss any questions relating to the maintenance of international matters brought before it by any Member of the IOCP, or by the International Council. and may make recommendations with regard to any such questions to the member concerned or to the International Council or to both. Any such question on which action is necessary shall be referred to the International Council by the General Assembly either before or after discussion.
- The General Assembly may call the attention of the International Council to situations which are likely to endanger international harmonization.
- The powers of the General Assembly set forth in this Article shall not limit the general scope of Article 9 and 10.
- While the International Council is exercising in respect of any dispute or situation the functions assigned to it in the present Charter, the General Assembly shall not make any recommendation with regard to that dispute or situation unless the International Council so requests.
- The Secretary-General, with the consent of the International Council, shall notify the General Assembly at each session of any matters relative to the maintenance of international matters and harmonization which are being dealt with by the International Council and shall similarly notify the General Assembly, or the Members of the IOCP if the General Assembly is not in session, immediately the International Council ceases to deal with such matters.
The General Assembly shall initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of:
a. promoting international co-operation in the political and cultural fields and encouraging the progressive development of international harmonization and its codification;
b. promoting international co-operation in the economic, social, cultural, educational, fields, and assisting in the realization of progression and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.
Subject to the provisions of Article 12, the General Assembly may recommend measures for the peaceful adjustment of any situation, regardless of origin, which it deems likely to impair the general welfare or friendly relations among members, including situations resulting from a violation of the provisions of the present Charter setting forth the Purposes and Principles of the IOCP.
- The General Assembly shall receive and consider annual and special reports from the International Council; these reports shall include an account of the measures that the International Council has decided upon or taken to maintain international harmony and stability.
- The General Assembly shall receive and consider reports from the other organs of the IOCP.
- The General Assembly shall consider and approve the budget of the Organization.
- The expenses of the Organization shall be borne by the Members as apportioned by the General Assembly.
- The General Assembly shall consider and approve any financial and budgetary arrangements with specialized agencies, and shall examine the administrative budgets of such specialized agencies with a view to making recommendations to the agencies concerned.
- Each member of the General Assembly shall have one vote.
- Decisions of the General Assembly on important questions shall be made by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting. These questions shall include: recommendations with respect to the maintenance of international harmonization and stability, the election of the members of the International Council, the suspension of the rights and privileges of membership, the expulsion of Members, questions relating to the operation of the organization, and budgetary questions.
- Decisions on other questions, including the determination of additional categories of questions to be decided by a two-thirds majority, shall be made by a majority of the members present and voting.
A Member of the IOCP which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years. The General Assembly may, nevertheless, permit such a Member to vote if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member.
The General Assembly shall meet in regular annual sessions and in such special sessions as occasion may require. Special sessions shall be convoked by the Secretary-General at the request of the International Council or of a majority of the Members of the IOCP Nations.
The General Assembly shall adopt its own rules of procedure. It shall elect its President and members of the International Council for each session.
The General Assembly may establish such subsidiary organs as it deems necessary for the performance of its functions, e.g. an International Research Institute.
The Secretariat shall comprise a Secretary-General and such staff as the Organization may require. The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the International Council. He shall be the chief administrative officer of the Organization.
The Secretary-General shall act in that capacity in all meetings of the General Assembly, of the International Council, and shall perform such other functions as are entrusted to him by these organs. The Secretary-General shall make an annual report to the General Assembly on the work of the Organization.
The Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the International Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international harmonization and stability of the IOCP.
- In the performance of their duties the Secretary-General and the staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any other authority external to the Organization. They shall refrain from any action which might reflect on their position as international officials responsible only to the Organization.
- Each Member of the IOCP undertakes to respect the exclusively international character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and the staff and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.
- The staff shall be appointed by the Secretary-General under regulations established by the General Assembly.
- Appropriate staffs shall be permanently assigned to the International Council, as required, to other organs of the IOCP. These staffs shall form a part of the Secretariat.
- The paramount consideration in the employment of the staff and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible
Every treaty and every international agreement entered into by the IOCP after the present Charter comes into force shall as soon as possible be registered with the Secretariat and published.
The Organization shall enjoy in the territory of each of its Members such legal capacity as may be necessary for the exercise of its functions and the fulfillment of its purposes.
- The Organization shall enjoy in the territory of each of its Members such privileges and immunities as are necessary for the fulfillment of its purposes.
- Representatives of the Members of the IOCP and officials of the Organization shall similarly enjoy such privileges and immunities as are necessary for the independent exercise of their functions in connection with the Organization.
- The General Assembly may make recommendations with a view to determining the details of the application of paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article or may propose conventions to the Members of the IOCP for this purpose.
Amendments to the present Charter shall come into force for all Members of the IOCP when they have been adopted by a vote of two thirds of the members of the General Assembly and ratified in accordance with their respective constitutional processes by two thirds of the Members of the IOCP, including all the members of the International Council.
- A General Conference of the Members of the IOCP for the purpose of reviewing the present Charter may be held at a date and place to be fixed by a two-thirds vote of the members of the General Assembly and by a vote of any seven members of the International Council. Each Member of the IOCP shall have one vote in the conference.
- Any alteration of the present Charter recommended by a two-thirds vote of the conference shall take effect when ratified in accordance with their respective constitutional processes by two thirds of the Members of the IOCP including all the permanent members of the International Council.
- If such a conference has not been held before the tenth annual session of the General Assembly following the coming into force of the present Charter, the proposal to call such a conference shall be placed on the agenda of that session of the General Assembly, and the conference shall be held if so decided by a majority vote of the members of the General Assembly and by a vote of any seven members of the International Council.
- The present Charter shall be ratified by the signatory members, in accordance with their respective positions and processes.
- The ratifications shall be deposited the by all the signatory members to the Secretary-General of the Organization.
- The present Charter shall come into force upon the deposit of ratifications by the signatory members.
- The member signatory to the present Charter which ratifies it after it has come into force will become original members of the IOCP Nations on the date of the deposit of their respective ratifications. They are also the founder members.
IN FAITH WHEREOF the representatives of the International Organizations of Creole People have signed the present Charter.
DONE at the city of Los Angeles the 5th day of July, two thousand and five.
Charter of the IOCP