Statute

ABOUT US – STATUTE

The current Statute was adopted during the Second Session of the Party’s 36th Congress held in Rome in 1993. Text currently in force under the decision approved by the 40th Extraordinary Congress held in Rome in 2016: “The Congress resolved to suspend the bodies referred to in Article 2 of its Statute, except for the Ordinary Congress to be held every two years, and to assign the auditing of its accounts to an external auditor”.

 

PREAMBLE TO THE STATUTE

The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty,

Proclaims the rule of law and justice as its political aims;

Proclaims in their respect the unsurpassed source of legitimacy of the Institutions;

Proclaims the duty of disobedience, non-collaboration and conscientious objection; the duty of nonviolent struggle in defense of life, rule of law and justice;

Calls upon itself and upon every person believing in life, peace, justice and freedom, to strictly comply with and actively protect the following two fundamental laws: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as the Constitutions of those countries that abide by the principles enshrined in the two Charters;

Calls upon itself and upon every person believing in life, peace, justice and freedom, to refuse obedience and legitimacy to those violating these principles, to those who fail to implement them or reduce them to mere verbose statements, i.e. to non-laws;

Declares the “do not kill” commandment as a historically absolute law, to be honoured without exceptions, not even the one of legitimate defence.

STATUTE

  1. THE PARTY

    1.1 STRUCTURE AND BODIES

    1.1.1 The Nonviolent Radical Party is a transnational political organisation. The organisation as such shall not participate with its symbol in elections. The bodies of the Nonviolent Radical Party are the Congress.

    1.1.2 Party members may create radical associations. Non-radical associations and groups pursuing their own political aims may federate with the Nonviolent Radical Party.

    1.2 ASSETS

    1.2.1 The Party shall draw its funds from individual membership fees, from contributions by nonradical associations or groups federated with it under Article 4, from other contributions, including those provided by individuals or organisations having no association with the Party or in respect of specific activities and initiatives, from proceeds from particular activities and initiatives that the Secretary-General and the Treasurer shall publicly propose in advance, and from public funds (from local, national, or international agencies), subject to prior approval by the Congress or the General Council.

    The financial statements of the Party are public and prepared on the basis of accounting records to be kept in accordance with the principle of orderly bookkeeping.

    The criteria for drawing up the financial statements, keeping the accounting records, and preparing the budget shall be determined by the Treasurer and approved by the General Council.

    1.2.2 The Congress shall determine the minimum amount of the membership fee based on the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country of residence of each member.

    In countries where membership may lead to persecution by public authorities, payment of the fee shall be voluntary.

    1.3 MEMBERSHIP

    1.3.1 Membership is open to all and has the duration of one year.

    Condition of membership is the acceptance of the present Statute and the payment of the individual membership fee as determined by the Congress.

    The executive bodies of the Party shall be in charge of membership enrolment.

    Members shall not be subject to any party discipline and, unless they explicitly request so, cannot be stripped of their membership until its annual expiration.

  1. BODIES

    2.1 CONGRESS

    2.1.1 The Congress is the deliberative body of the Party. It sets the political direction of the Party, establishes its specific aims and areas of activity. The Ordinary Congress shall take place every two years. The Secretary-General shall convene the Congress in the two last months of the two-year period.

    The Congress is made up of the members of the Nonviolent Radical Party. Representatives from non-radical associations and groups that are federated to the Party may attend the Congress, to the extent and in the ways specified in the related agreements.

    2.1.2 Policy motions adopted by a majority of two thirds of the voting members are binding for the executive bodies.

    The rules of procedure of the Congress establishes the debate and voting procedures, with an aim to encourage the convergence of a two third majority of members on a general political motion. Under the same rules, policy motions to be submitted shall be backed by at least one third of the members of the Coordinating Committee.

    2.1.3 The Congress:

    a) elects the Honorary President of the Nonviolent Radical Party;

    b) elects the Secretary-General of the Party and ratifies the members of the Secretariat that he/she shall propose;

    c) elects the Treasurer and ratifies the members of the Committee that he/she shall propose;

    d) elects 25 members of the General Council;

    e) elects the Board of Auditors; and

    f) sets the membership fees.

  2. RADICAL ASSOCIATIONS

    3.1.1 Radical associations shall consist of Party members wishing to achieve the specific objectives of a Congress motion or self-determined political or cultural aims.

    These associations shall represent the members participating therein and not the Nonviolent Radical Party as a whole. They shall not monopolise the organised presence of the Party in a given geographic area.

    They shall be self-financed and establish their own rules of procedure.

  3. NON-RADICAL FEDERATED ASSOCIATIONS AND GROUPS

    4.1.1 Non-radical associations and groups pursuing their own political, cultural, or other aims may federate with the Nonviolent Radical Party, with a view to conducting political initiatives serving the common interest. The federate status of these associations and groups shall not require their members to enrol in the Party. Their federate status may be limited in time and predetermined.

    The governing bodies of non-radical associations or groups shall enter into federation agreements with the bodies of the Nonviolent Radical Party. These agreements, to be signed by the Secretary-General and ratified by the General Council, shall specify the amount of the financial contribution that the applying association or group shall pay to the Federal Party, the related mode of payment, mutual support commitments, and the forms and extent of their representation within the Party’s bodies.