ARTICLES OF MEMBERSHIP
Since the 26th day of May 1979, date of the official Ceremony for the inauguration of the seat of Pordenone under the Honorary Presidency of His Excellence the President of Constitutional Court On. Prof. Gasparre Ambrosini, the following States are the members that signed the official Act through their diplomatic delegations present thereto, thus:
ARGENTINA, CHILE, CINA, EGYPT, EQUADOR, FINLAND, GABON, GERMANY, JAPAN, MALTA, MAURITIUS, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, PERU, POTUGAL, SPAIN, SUDAN, SYRIA, TANZANIA, TURKEY, URUGUAY, and agreed: ARABIC LEAGUE, CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBBLIC, COLOMBIA, KOREA, GHANA, GREECE, INDIA, IRAK, IRAN, LEBANON, MADAGASCAR, MEXICO, NEDERLAND, SAN MARINO, SOUTH AFRICA, TOGO and VENEZUELA.
1) An international organization named “INSTITUT INTERNATIONAL POUR LES RELATIONS DIPLOMATIQUES”, capitalized as “I.I.R.D.”, has been incorporated. The purpose of the organization shall be to strengthen the diplomatic attitude throughout peace times within the social and fraternity between nations and to cooperate with all of the International and Supranational Organizations, Agencies and Bodies.
2) The I.I.R.D. is a cultural and social entity concerned for the development of diplomatic ideas, which comprises individuals, entities, countries, nations and populations which particular sphere of concern shall be the defense of the interests contained within the principles of the following article.
3) The I.I.R.D. has its moral domicile in Geneva, at the United Nations building, and its legal and operative pro-tempore registered office in Vicenza, Italy, at Viale dell'Industria no. 22.
4) The I.I.R.D. shall be able to open offices throughout the world using, but not only, the following denominations: Embassies, Diplomatic Offices, Legations, Consulates, Honorary Consulates, Representative Offices and Delegations.
5) The period of its duration is perpetual.
The purpose of I.I.R.D. shall be the following:
1) mutual consent among all nationalities within the harmony of human relations aiming to develop information streams, cultural and economical exchanges throughout the cooperation of the single government bodies, the embassies, the consulates, the diplomatic delegations, the cultural institutes, the academies and the press;
2) peacekeeping along with security and progress of the worldwide populations in the name of the international rights of the people;
3) the I.I.R.D. is a non-profit international organization, independent from any nation and any national and international organization both political and religious;
1) The I.I.R.D. shall represent and promote the Declaration of Human Rights, in conformity to the United Nations Charter, while achieving its principal activity of substantial diplomacy to the development of cultural and economic relationships among the countries,
2) The I.I.R.D. shall give its moral, intellectual, economical, social and diplomatic support to worldwide populations with a particular reference to poor and needy people.
3) The I.I.R.D. shall be able to constitute and manage an publishing body devoted to the diffusion of books, magazines and other instruments of social communication, including radio and networks to achieve its principles.
MEMBERSHIP, RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE MEMBERS
Membership shall be obtained by registration, filing a signed application as adopted and considered convenient. Registration can be refused for well-grounded reasons; once filed the application automatically involves the acceptance of the charter.
1) The I.I.R.D. has four member categories:
b) active members
c) honorary members
2) Founders are the members that participate to the incorporation of the I.I.R.D. as an organization.
3) Active members are those that will obtain the membership and have regularly paid the established membership fees.
4) Honorary members are persons and institutions of national or foreign origin, that carry on I.I.R.D.’s activities with well-deserved distinction.
5) Contributors are the members that supported and sustained even through economic effort the purposes and the initiatives of the I.I.R.D.. From the second year of continuous membership they are equalized to the active members.
The rights pertaining to the members shall be:
a) to try advantage from the rights foreseen in the present articles;
b) to fully and freely participate to the cultural, social and diplomatic activities, even through the formulation of proposals, and through discussions and votes;
c) to vote and be voted within the organization;
d) to occupy, if necessary, more than one position within the I.I.R.D. organization.
The duties of the members shall be:
a) to follow the articles of incorporation;
b) to participate to the meetings, reunions and other activities of the organization;
c) to support and defend the corporative principles;
d) to carry out the assignments for which they were elected with diligence;
e) to execute the deliberations issued by the executive members;
f) to pay the fee on time.
1) The active members shall have to pay an subscription fee and an annual fee to be determined by internal communication.
2) The contributor and the honorary members shall have to pay an adequate subscription fee together with the annual fees foreseen for the active members.
3) Whether the members are entities, the subscription and the annual fee shall be determined case by case according to the rules written at sub-paragraph 1 above.
4) The I.I.R.D. accepts any offers and donations in cash, real estates and properties in any country throughout the world.
5) Membership is cancelled:
a) by resigning, that will not exempt from the payment of the concurrent year membership fee;
b) for the loss of certain requirements which constitutes the basis for the I.I.R.D. admission;
c) for serious reasons or unworthiness;
d) by non-payment of the membership fee within the established term:
6) the Secretary General shall have the competency to decide within the cases establish at items b) and c) of sub-paragraph 5 of the present article, and his decisions can be appealed within 15 days by written petition addressed to the President.
1) The members that will violate the present articles or will not execute the deliberations of the General Assembly, the prescribed regulations, the deliberations of the Secretary General, or the Presidency, could be subject to the following penalties:
a) a written reprimand
b) a suspension up to a year long period
2) The written reprimand and the suspension will be issued by the Secretary General and can be appealed by written petition to be presented to the President within fifteen days.
3) The expulsion penalty is established by the President under suggestion of the Secretary General.
THE INSTITUTIONAL BODIES
The institutional bodies are the following:
a) The General Assembly
b) The Presidency
c) The Secretariat General
c) The Fiscal Counsel
d) The International Relations Department
1) The General Assembly is a meeting that collects the participation of the founders, the active members, the honorary members and the contributors in full respect of their rights. It assembles ordinarily every two years and confirms the balance annually.
2) Modifications to the present articles require 51% of the votes expressed by present members with right of voting.
Any individual or entity expresses one vote. The President of the General Assembly decides at a parity of votes.
The General Assembly will extraordinarily meet upon request of its President or upon the request of 80% of its members.
1) The General Assembly shall be convened by the President through an 8 days notice at least and due to the I.I.R.D.’s internationality, it shall be convened in every country of the world.
2) The convocation shall be made by a registered or insured letter mailed to the home address of each member.
3) In case of an urgent meeting, the convocation could be made either by publication on the Italian Republic official publication or on a newspaper of anyone of the participating nations to be published at least 72 hours before the meeting and taking care that every member would be informed.
4) The General Assembly will meet at the time and place stated in the convocation being present more than 50% of the members with right of voting; otherwise the General Assembly will meet an hour later with any percentage of participating members.
1) During the assembly the President shall open the General Assembly, appoint a vice-President and a Secretary, therefore forming the temporary Executive Board.
2) Should the President renounce, these nominations shall be made by the General Assembly by voting organized by the senior member.
The President shall:
a) convene the General Assembly and sign the notices thereto;
b) chair the General Assemblies and execute the meetings regulations, being assisted by the vice-President and the Secretary;
c) sign the General Assembly acts together with the Secretary;
d) commit each member of the Executive Board to the respective function and make them to sing the confirmation document.
1) The deliberations shall be taken by the absolute majority of the participating members with right of voting.
2) The absent members can be represented, in the General Assemblies, by power of attorney; each member will be able to represent up to 10 absent members.
1) The promoter member and founder S.A.R. Dom Rosario Poidimani, Sassonia Coburgo Gotha and Bragança and Head of the Royal House of Portugal, is nominated President and Administrator for life. The succession to this office will be given by right to his legal heir if not otherwise stated by a will.
2) The President shall:
a) diplomatically represent the I.I.R.D. in its internal and international relationships;
b) be the President of the Fiscal Counsel lifetime;
c) administer and manage by full right all the assets, real estates and the capital of the I.I.R.D.. He shall manage the above assets according to the interest of the Institute and the ways he retains most suitable. He opens bank accounts in the name of the organization and administrates those; He shall nominate special attorneys even through temporary powers or single operations to be carried out.
d) judge the decision issued by the Secretariat General as appeal judge;
e) admits new members, confirm the nominations proposed by the Secretariat General;
f) delegate completely or partly his functions.
THE SECRETARIAT GENERAL
1) The Secretariat General is the body responsible for the administration of the institution and is constituted by three members: the Secretary General, the Secretary General Added and the vice-Secretary General.
2) The Secretary General is named by the President on suggestion of the General Assembly. He holds the office for three years.
1) The Secretary General has the following functions:
a) to manage and coordinate the activities of the organization;
b) to execute the deliberations of the General Assembly;
c) to admit or refuse the subscriptions of members submitting any petition to the President’s judgment;
d) to develop the internal regulations for the good functioning of the organization;
e) to represent, through its president, the organization in any seat judicial in Italy or abroad by President’s delegation;
2) The Secretary General shall:
a) coordinate the meetings of the Secretariat;
b) represent the I.I.R.D. both in Italy and abroad by President’s delegation.
1) The Secretariat General shall meet every time it will be necessary.
2) A written report of the deliberations taken by the Secretariat General shall be written and sent to the President to be read.
THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
The International Relations Department shall carry on the diplomatic activities, develop any cooperation and maintain any relation with States, International Organizations and populations. The President, the Secretariat General and 5 members at least, appointed by the President under suggestion of the Secretary General among persons even not belonging to the I.I.R.D., are in charge of the Department thereto.
THE FISCAL COUNCIL
1) The Fiscal Council is constituted by the President and two members appointed by the President within persons whose morality and ability are proven. It lasts in charge for a period of three years.
2) The Fiscal Council shall:
a) carry on the good management of the Organization and keep the financial books;
b) express advises on financial activities proposed to its attention by the Secretariat General.
1) The Fiscal Council shall meet every time it is necessary upon President’s convocation.
THE ADVISORY BODIES
THE HONORARY COMMISSION
1) The Honorary Commission is composed by persons known for their worthiness in the diplomatic, social and cultural fields, and it shall express opinions about all the subjects that implies particularly important problems, that could need the expression of a vote from the members on religion and other moral and ethical reasons. It shall also be the subsidiary body of the Presidency regarding petitions filed by the members against decisions taken by the Secretariat General.
2) The number of members of the Honorary Commission is not determined.
3) The President shall ordinarily appoint the members hereto under suggestion of the Secretariat General. The President has the right to appoint for the Commission any person of his choice.
THE COMMISION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PROBLEMS RELATED TO JUSTICE
1) It works for the protection and the expansion of spiritual, cultural, biological and moral values of the human being, exalts and defend the dignity of the human being, fights against all the evident violations of the human rights and the fundamental rights. Condemns the death penalty as anywhere and anyway executed.
2) It sustains that social justice shall be preached as a must, nobody shall avoid the obligation to carry out it, and this social justice shall be enforced with dignity and equity.
3) It will nominate important International Agents, following the intent to prevent and to eliminate any kind of constitutional unlawfulness that can happen within those nations governed by non-democratic regime.
4) It will accuse in front of the United Nations those States that carry out police tortures and bloody imprisonments, illiberal acts and missing of justice.
5) It disowns and condemn any kind war and guerrilla.
6) It aims to create an international assistance fund for the victims the prisoners and for those who have been tortured, therefore becoming an invalid.
THE ECUMENICAL COMMISSION
The Ecumenical Commission is a dignity of dialogue and fraternal encounter among goodwill persons form various regions and civilizations. It proposes ecumenism among Christians, among these and monotheistic religions, and the respect towards any kind of religious belief.
THE INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION
The Industry and Environment Commission aims to improve and save the human being habitat so that it will be uncontaminated and unpolluted. It works with the purpose to improve the human being protection within the development and in the execution of the various working activities, giving importance to personality and creativity.
THE ECONOMICAL AND FINANCIAL COMMISSION
The Economical Financial Commission works for the development of worldwide economy, keeping in mind the legitimate right of each single person as well as the communities.
It operates to make possible for all the persons to have the economic means to conduct a dignified existence.
It supports the economical and financial cooperation among institutions, nations and private citizens.
THE COMMISSION FOR THE INTERVENTION IN THIRD WORLD NATIONS
1) It works with the purpose to involve advanced Nations in the problems concerning Third World countries and to support cooperation and interventions in order to contribute to the future development of these countries.
2) It condemns any expression of discrimination, racism, and persecution.
THE COMMISSION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE
It aims to awaken the public opinion on the primary role that agriculture has in any society. It research and proposes through studies solutions to develop this field.
THE COMMISSION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL EXCHANGES
It aims to give the most extensive and practical cooperation and assistance to the development and the improvement of relationships among commercial and industrial enterprises, associations, public and private institutions; it aims also to cooperate within the organization of exhibits, fairs and meetings; it aims to cooperate with governmental and non-governmental authorities on a national and international level, too.
THE COMMISSION FOR THE PROMOTION OF LAND AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
It aims to create a right conscience in the use of the mass-media as to avoid these would be used as instruments of massive bad information, but as valid vehicle of information and formation to the truth, for the benefit of the entire public opinion. Therefore, the Commission shall be interested in promoting literature, television, radio, press, movies and tourism in general, in order to give the public opinion instruments for the cultural and social improvement.
COMMISSION FOR THE PROTECTION OF HEALTH AND CHILDREN
It promotes the protection of physical and moral health of the human being and its environment; it promotes scientific research, studies and everything shall be valid in order to fight illness; It protects the children with every possible effort.
THE COMMISSION FOR INSTRUCTION AND CULTURE
1) It shall promote culture and science as the human being would understand even better itself and its role in the society as well as in the world, as cultural elevation produces welfare, civil development and consequently peace. To this purpose it creates an apolitical movement of culture and opinion through seminars, round tables, schools etc.
2) The merits of each citizen, when these are really effective for the social progress of the nations, shall be kept in due consideration and privilege by the nations‘ governments, and be compensated without further prejudices or hesitations independently from the cultural level of anyone.
Today the self-taught man, the eclectic or the scientist are rarely appreciated ; on the contrary instead of encouraging and admiring the benefits of these faithful servants of worldwide culture, one often assists to a disguised persecution that puts under accusation ones intelligence because missing an academic or university degree. In many cases, the scientist is obliged to continue his studies and researches in other nations.
3) The Department shall have the faculty to organize free and private universities, superior research and study institutions, all independent nation wise.
COMMISSION FOR THE CONSULTATION, COORDINATION AND COOPERATION
It was organized with the purpose to manage the various I.I.R.D.’s activities, and therefore it can offer advice to institutions and organizations, either study wise or on a practical-operative basis in all the I.I.R.D. sectors of interest.
THE INTENATIONAL ECOLOGICAL COURT
1) It aims to protect the human, animals and plants life quality from the terrible effects of pollution. It allows to the victims of industrialized nations to file before this constituted international judicial and apolitical court all their accusations and to summon for the protection and safeguard of the environment in which they live in.
2) It condemns and disowns atomic experiments as well as nuclear, chemical and bacteriological weapons, as signs of barbarity as well as social and political regression.
CLUB FOR PEACE
1) Ambassadors, politicians, persons of the culture, artists and economists participate to the club for peace. It aims to promote the international compromise and the peace, to develop in its members comprehension and friendship to become peace promoters at the service of the communities that they represent.
2) With civil and democratic worldwide unity, durational peace will be obtained, rendering therefore security to the nations.
3) The diplomacy to obtain peace needs to be taken with the help of every nation, regardless of its political ideology, keeping always in mind the right of independence of each nation and the principle of non-interference in the internal political affairs of each government.
4) The I.I.R.D. condemns any political, religious or racist persecution.
5) The International Price “LIBERTY AND PEACE” has been established.
THE INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATE TRIBUNAL
It works as an arbitrate body for individuals and entities and it aims to reach the voluntary justice within public interests of any level.
1) The President and the other dignities of each Commission or other structure are appointed by the President under suggestion of the Secretariat General.
2) Every Commission or other structure shall be composed of a President, a Vicar President, a vice-President and of a Secretary General.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE I.I.R.D. IN THE VARIOUS NATIONS
1) The I.I.R.D. shall appoint by right the functions and appointments, even the diplomatic ones, that are not in contrast with the existing laws of the Countries where it will be appointed the different diplomatic representatives, that will be able to actively perform all of their functions and to introduce themselves where it is not permitted to other persons along with the consent of the competent authorities.
2) Diplomatic appointments are given only for high ranking merits achieved in human relations and through diplomatic activity. The above mentioned persons shall be able to have a prestigious premises at their disposal, where the I.I.R.D. badges and flag will be exposed and where all the relevant organizations activities will be held. The appointed representatives, as well as the honorary ones, must be prompt in contributing to the economical maintenance of the general expenses of the entire organization including also the scholarship assignments. The diplomatic appointments foreseen in paragraph 4 of Article 1, are organized in the following manner:
a) FIRST GENERAL COUNCILLOR as AMBASSADOR
b) GENERAL COUNCILLOR as PLENIPOTENTIRY MINISTER
c) VICE-GENERAL COUNCILLOR as EMBASSY COUNCILLOR
d) FIRST CLASS COUNCILLOR or GENERAL CONSUL
e) SECOND CLASS COUNCILLOR or CONSUL
f) THRID CLASS COUNCILLOR or VICE-CONSUL.
The above assignments and qualifications shall be intended as valid to any effect as being related to the general principles of international law. Anyway, these shall not to be confused or identified with those assigned by different Countries. Honorary assignments are foreseen under items c), e), and f).
3) No payment is foreseen for the assignments under points 1) and 2) of the present article.
4) All diplomatic I.I.R.D. representatives will have an identification document called “DIPLOMATIC MISSION” that must be absolutely presented together with the passport emitted by the pertaining nation of the representative.
Furthermore, other complementary issues could be given to accomplish the diplomatic activities, to be used in the observance of the internal laws of the hosting State. Any infringement will be disciplinary punished. All accredited members shall have the right to diplomatic immunity and other courtesies as provided by international agreements (Vienna Convention: Diplomatic Relations - Vienna Convention: Consolar Relations)
5) Any document shall be transmitted as notice for the eventual judgment and acceptance by the diplomatic nominated representative to the interested governments and international organizations. In case of refusal, the diplomatic representative will continue his assignment in private form, Honoris Causa, however always in the full observance of the existing laws of the hosting nation. Whatever infringement will imply in the immediate removal from the assignment and the expulsion from the I.I.R.D., along with eventual criminal liability.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
The relations with States, national and international organizations, will be carried on by the President that could delegate completely or partially his functions to the Secretariat General.
2) The I.I.R.D. uses as official languages for the international relations: Italian, French and English.
THE MEMBERSHIP PROPERTY. FORMATION, DISSOLUTION, LIQUIDATION
The membership property of the I.I.R.D. is composed by:
a) the members’ shares;
b) offers and money donations, assets and real estates from any person or institution anywhere in the world;
c) any other legal entry.
1)The President shall be able to employ completely or partially the membership property for benefit everywhere in the world, once deducted the I.I.R.D management expenses.
2) Once the organization is dissolved, the membership property can be employed for benefit to Italian or foreign institutions, once deducted the I.I.R.D.’s obligations, while eventual residual assets shall be retained by the President to be employed for benefit according to his discretion.
1) The I.I.R.D. shall be dissolved with a 100% vote share of all the members or by the exclusive will of its President, once prudentially evaluated the reasons of this decision.
2) In case of dissolution, the General Assembly shall designate a trustee commission composed of three members.
THE FINAL NORMS. JURIDICAL-STATUTE SUPPLEMENTS
The I.I.R.D. shall be able to issue regulations relevant to the execution of these articles of membership and explanatory rules. It shall be able to issue decrees to the formation of international judicial organizations, able to develop judicial institution to the purpose of checking and protecting all that is foreseen in the social and statutory objectives. These regulation and decrees are to be intended as an integral part of the present articles of membership.
OTHER I.I.R.D. ACTIVITIES AND TRANSITORY RULES
The I.I:R.D. will establish an International Academy denominated “Academy of International and Diplomatic Law” to better comprehend the international, diplomatic and consular law. It shall be the Chancellor by life the President of I.I.R.D. that will appoint the Dean of the Institute, the Director and the Professors.
The I.I.R.D. organizes each year an international award to be given to those persons that have reached the highest distinction within the working, professional and scientific fields.
The I.I.R.D. shall issue an international “Well-deserving diplomatic certificates” to all those persons, even non members, that have contributed to the development of worldwide relations in all kinds of activities.
Every year, thanks to the generosity of the I.I.R.D. members, a good number of scholarships, the value of which shall be established from time to time, shall be assigned to deserving students of any order or level of tuition. The Commission that will assign the scholarships shall be composed by the President, that chairs it, by a Secretariat General representative, by a Fiscal Council representative, by n Honorary Commission representative, by three Consulting Commissions representatives with one of those that shall be an expert on the scholarship subjects.
The purposes of the I.I.R.D., the information and the news shall be punctually advertised by a periodical called “THE PASSPORT OF THE DIPLOMACY”, which is the official organ of the institution and that shall be sent periodically throughout the world to all institutional Authorities, and international and media organization for a worldwide community communication.
The I.I.R.D. shall constitute an “I.I.R.D. TRUSTEE SAVINGS BANK FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ECONOMY AND THE LABOUR”, which President shall the I.I.R.D. President.
The Presidency shall have the faculty to submit to all the members a referendum to be voted by secret ballot, even by correspondence, for the approval of new activities and proposals.