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PROCLAMATION NO. 153/1999 A PROCLAMATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE REVISED CHARTER OF THE ETHIOPIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY .,.~ oPil+A mlc: n"'t\~: mf.~"T: n~:J- fn1~"?'i.}-: WHEREAS, the Red Cross. is an international nTt\i:'1 "OP.Aith'}- CD~~ ntllJliTeD-~ t\A u-~:J- A~".}- movement which provides the necessary humanitarian aid to ta.('1..C..,niDC "'to&; t\tllJA'ilt\.li I\O'/.,''''~ n"m;l>I\y, n1-~1'c.'li victims ofanned conflicts and, in general, to all victims of {teD- IP t. 7i "1..;J Y'~ t\ O'/.,mcf: {tY'~ ":LI\ "leD-'} {t1l" ce ,)Co&;:J-' man-made and natural disasters without discrimination based nlf:1'''.}- fO'/.,{tlfli n{tY'~ II'}': oP..,fli}:;. : oP1'flnC CDJ;~ onTace, colour, nationality, sex, religion, political outlook or ""'-li II~ct {tl\~ ~ '}.fl{tlf:'} fO'/.,IfC qt\~""'lf: ~ '}:"il:J>~ any other ground, and fosters understanding, cooperation, friendship and lasting peace among peoples; noPl'''' : flUJ ~'}:"il.cj>~ ."'1A fl''tm-c.- nIilf.?;%q.~. f1-oPlP WH~REAS, the Ethiopian R~d Cross Society, a mem'A.m. fh."'-f-,,'.r .,." oPil4>A "?,.,nc noP'}..,, }-li n"'ll~ ber of this international movement and established in 1935, ..-{to' ntt\~9° 0"f11\-I: m'}'1t. f:;Jlf: noP'P:"c il4."'-~, tr., has been expanding its services and structural organization through the support of the government and the public at large n".,A..,t\...}- ,,:"cn.}- ~.rY-'1 oP~II]-I:,} noP.,'}IIll ; and of its members in particular; "?,.,n?- n"Y.;JY'~ t\''''loP,. {tY'~ ~Co&;:J-h"?:"~~~ WHEREAS, the'participation, in cooperation with the n1-t.L1.,,?t nV.,t": fA,,?.}- ""/..Y'~ hO'/.,oDt\h:l'TeD- oP,...t.r concerned organizations, of the Society in the country's o."'~;JC noP+fWCfO'/.,.ry.C.,CD- 1-ta.}-~ ~'}.flu-~ 1':"1-~ development activities and its contributions in the efforts of ftr'teD-'} f i'h11~'} f.,.r.- 1..~jf n" "il1-~li noPlP~:l'ce oPoPII raising the standard of living of the population to a minimum ~9'~ 1''''fl~''.1- CD1.."t\m' Y.~jf t\"?1i;J"C t\0'/.,"~"eD- 1'~.}- level of acceptable standard, in addition to the provision of fO'/.,.rn~h'''m- "il.f''PK''' l\.n~:J- :,. fO'/., .,fleD- UoPtr.,. : relief aid to victims of disasters, should be encouraged; WHEREAS, it has become appropriate <lndnecessary to h"'1f10..rce "fC tIIJ..J'} oPli;J.}-li h1-~1'c.' 11l"'~ engage in the prevention of the threat of draught and hunger oPt,~'1- ;JC n.,."oP1.. oPAh fO'/.,h{t-l:.}-'} ff:C:"li f~11l resulting from environmental degradation and the depletion "1..;JY'":i- no..hl\ht\. If~"" f"?.r'.C1aJ. "il1-'PK''' 1-.,05 of natural resources; "il~I\'l tr'i noP.,Y-I: : "'P~ cf:'I'Clif.~r./J.ilf.1li ftt..}-f"*.r .,.,. oPil.,.A tIIf,.,nc f.f7i7i'\eD- :Fe1-C "'P~
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2) The status of life m~m~er$hip may be obtained by any individual, or -famtly upan a one-time full payment of the sum fixed for the purpose by the it"Y:"? Ah h'lA ~T fO'f.hLi\m-1 11.H1"!h1Y: natiooal.GeneralAssembly,or py,donating property 'ULf100hiA iD~1J'»i'ODiI}iI}~'P;J litm- 1i1~T or,providing free service to the Society the value of niltOf "dPAtJ n""inchft- cD~'" tffitj;lm- 3c equivalenUo,the paymef}t. ~., h1A"lftoT nODilm:f\~ == ' .f.ODtIJ"J~ fif~ , :,:,.;, . ,,'.: J) The 'Statusof honorary membership obtained fO'f.;Fitm-htPf1n';'0Dc;1f~"f f." fh.,tlC~qA it~'" upon rendering~ommetdable humanitarian services ;JC ni't,OD1. U-~:t' htj;i'~ (lllhre h1/.\~1\4 in line with the fundamental principles ofthi(Society it1i11.i'(l(l- nO'fnChT 1t1f1 ;"fO'f.A;.+1.tD-9'" .101 and shall be granted by the' National ,General (.~i£CD~ 11):"~" "':'l~ ~m- :: Assembly. ,I . , . 1-1.Rights of Members , Hi" f'h'lA ~..," OD.(l-f'~ , 1) A regular member, member as well as a Red ji" 0'f1~m:.~ ~1.n~CD~9'" ,!fiJY:"?..,,/.\h hqA .Cross Yauth member, who has attained 18 years of ~1""U-?!,'A,g-O'f.m- If; "~QD:"f"""m- ,.,." ODil"'A age may: CDtlJT hqA; (a) attend and vote at meetings of the.Society held v) nO'f1n.;. f.,.ntV:':"C16Ji4.1 mhitd nO'f.1~ at the level .ofkebele''and at other. meetings of 'l~~,fO'f~~l';' hilf1'l~:f it,," itOD11Tli the Society in which the member represents a Y:lJO"itODilmT= ~li local branch; and it) nO'fli¥m-lJO 1.1.~ h""110{' ~~""f h1~ (b) be eligible for' election as an officer of the itODODI.T ~ If'i = ""f,,i'A'ii ' Society at all levels. ilil(l f Y:CJ:T hqA ~T1 mh~..ribwf1n.;. 2) A person representing a corporate member may m:""" ~" q~"f fO'f.1~ (lm- Y:lJOX-,l\ODilm'-",,"fi\A ; If'ilJO attend and vote at the general assemblies of the ; j/ itODODI.T~""f.AlJO ,:: Society but shall not be eligible for election. 3) An honorary member may attend and forward fhil€ hqA nO'f1n~m:""l\illl(lqsP"f nOD11T r"' opinions at general assemblies of the Society but 1PfilitODilmT ,,"f"A : If'ilJO Y:lJOX- itODilmTlJO neither shall be able to vote nor be eligible for If~ itODODI.T h,,'fAIJO:: election. 9." nf1.I.~m- nO'f.11" f1C,t~ ~hilA ~T fO'f.ODl.m 4) Members of the Society elected as t)oard members at fO'f1n.;. h'lit.."f fh1A"lftoT tlODli¥m- (1.1A:" any level may be re-elected at the expiry of their tenn ~11.1li itODODI.T"'"f,,~.:: .,If'1:lJO h1Y: hqA of office; provided, however, that no member could hU-itT flJOC6IiJ. tlOD'IT' n"", n+1'l:t':t''' l\.ODI.T serve for more th~mtwo successive tenns of office. h,,"fAlJO :: 12. Revocation and Recovery of Membership hqA ~..,. fOt1P1.11fl.'fli fO'f.:t'1.ilnT u-~:t' 1) MemberShip may be revoked on the' following I~" grounds: ii" h'lA~T flO'f.J1tit.'-" 9uh111'-:r:- l\.lPl.l' ,,"f"A ; (a) failure to pay the annual membership fee for v) f.f'iOD1:fh'l/'\ ~.."t-htj;! itV-f\T i'h:t'~" . two consecutive' years; 'iOD:t'T (1.*1.1' : (b) discontinuation of services for two consecutive it) h'lA ~1:f+11mitO'f1tl.;. ~., 1-1/.\"l1\4years, where membership was based on prontiPilmT' tUf~ ,,'fim- t,,1A"lit~T itu-it'-" viding services to the Society; i'h:t' :t'" 'iOD:t'T (1.*1.1'; CD"'lJO (c) contravention of the fundamental principles of tit) fO'f1fl';' C1P1P1.:t'~ ODCrr.""f Jlhq~ the society. ODtlJtr¥i& (1.1.;J1T :: 2) Membership that was revoked pursuant to subftlOD~1 OD"f!>--flODhLA CDf;lJO 'fi'* Article (1) (a) or(b) of this Article may be recovered ~" h'1~"lit"T "if.'1lf' nOD"'mA CD"'}" hhtj;lm- ;JC by paying the current memb~rship fee or by i'OD,~IfJ:~ flf~ 1ill."" Jl~ilm'-"mLtJ h1.,.Xresuming the discontinue~ services or by making donations equivalent to the fee. , 10-il h1.,.;t ii(V) CD"lJO (it) ODIPI.T fi'lPl.tI , 3) The authority to revoke membership rests with the h 'lA ~"'" " ,,;r-"A :I woreda, zonal, regional or national board as may be f." h'lA~T fO'f.lPl.tI(J}' ~11.h"lq(l-'nCD'I.J; : .lJf1 'appropriate. The procedure for appealing against a CD"lJO HhA/.\ CD~lJO' ;lflth.(."~ f1Ct- (1.1f1 decision to revoke a membership will be detennined m-tr~m-1 itO'f(1ltCDT fO'f."'Cil f."lq~ fO'f.:t'"nT in the intrrnal ~egulations of the society.
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13. Patron of the Society fn"~ irHlet " The patron of the Society shall be th$')Fr~sident of the forfn",- fR"~ .mllet f1t...,.r-kf &..1..&~"1!Jl'fOht. . .federal pemo~ratic Republic of Ethiopia or a person, 'f1..,t.t;1:" m~IJD' OI/..,n",- Q"OI/(Do1 f\f't iTof1l\.h designated by the President, who shall extend all necesh..,n- "'Jlff.Cif hll~"1.(Do1' Y:;JiJ: 0-1\- f"t(a1'c;' sary assistance' to the Society in the atMiinment of its nih1'''' fnltm ""'Jl;f<+iJ: f"tfOl.:t":t"c;' h.,A..,ftoi: purposes, in securing wider public acceptance and in ""'Jli1~4.;f"tl..t; 11&1"-91\. tJ. T 1..1I..t;1:"'f"t(afIJD (a(Do promoting its activities. ~(ffj"; 'I: 14. Organization of the Society M..,n~hm:J»+C 1) The organization of the Society, is based on the fOl/..,n",hf.l.~~:" nh1C tt+iJ: f.l.~ tt1Y:):"1 Ii' principle of unity at the national level and structured, f"t.f/t~ (flf : hih1,.,1 ;JC ~nAT ","'t.C(l as provided in sub-articles (2) and (3) of this Article, oPJPt.:" J\')-'l"fA OV1~:t&..1..t."'ec;' hAI\'e in line with' the Country's federal and regional tt1.l.~~:+ oPlPl.:", flIltJtt1+1I1o-ll tt1+11 (I) structures with a view to facilitating closer interach.,.(Do oP IV l.:" "''P:'' c;' (f) n.,.oP It t;:A :I tion with the public at large. " 2) The so<;ietyshall have: I" OI/..,Il-r; (a) at the natioQallevel: v) Ott1Ctt+~ f.l.~ = 1) National General Assembly; Ii- m~"" .,.11,\= 2) Board; and (ICY: I I' 3) Head Office; f- 'Pc;' 1Iih'~:" 0.:" = (b) at regionaLlevel: It) nhAA f.l.~ j 1) General Assetp.bly; i- m~"" .,.fl'i. I 2) Board; and I, f1CY:.: 3) 'Regional Office f.~ 11 ih~:" 0.:",; (c) at zonal level, as may be appropriate in accOf, tit) nWi f.l.~,: dance with the structure of regional govern"






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16. Powers and Duties of the National General Assembly The National General Assembly shall be the supreme organ of the Society and shall give decisions on all matters concerning the Society. Its powers and duties include the following: 1) to elect, by secret ballot, members of the Board out i'Pt-ll M''h-.e,~¥ 6t.g; Inw- hPt+c~ nh')+Jt< of candidates from among the members of the IIi(li) h-t-oPAhi:-r hflAT oPtJhA fPC.(' hI1AT') Society referred to in Article 11 (l) recommended n9"ilm.C Y:fJ"'tff}!J' rC~T oP9" ll'; by an election committee to be established from APCJJ. hill.A1.W.') hm""A~ friLit oPoPt,1 among its members. I' 2) to give the necessary general policy guide-lines to oPilmTC; hl.~Kou-'}'" oPh:J--t-A; the Board and supervise its activities; f-' PCP,. fPt~'+COm-') f",...n-=-') fh'T'C: foPtJhl\~C; 3) to approve the short, medium and long-term work fl"{:9" 1.11.fp'&. ,,:,..('C; nlT "'11":"; programmes and budget of the Society submitted to Q' fP{1JJ.'),.. f"'{-t-~~" '1'111oPC9"~ ",W,,:,.; it by the Board; ?;. npc:JJ. f+OJt't}.' IUll+ IA-t-oPI\hi: h~-t-~C; 4) to examine and approve the reports of the Board "ilTI).~f.('''"-t-~ "";1 (lJ'T',,"f tJ"" oPC9"r: and the auditors; ",W1.:,o; 5) to examine and approve,decisions of the Board on PCJJ.' nPtf+cnw-' YPf1l oPlPlT' fhl1A~T major and urgent relief expenditures not api' propriated in the budget; htt:J'')C;fhAA' ,../o..y."f I\",~n-r 'PC; W/o.T 6) to decide upon the recommendations of the 30ard fOt.f1.C"':"') foP'P''''' oPm') oPOJt't'); as to the types of membership, the amount of ~. PCP,. nPt.f+Cnm- . YPf11 oPIPI.T h",...n-r , membership fees and contributions to be made by oPctr~"f ;1C n-t-t,oP1. oPAh~ hlf:-t-~ t't11hce regional offices to the Head office of the Society; h1Ao,I\oT I\"''''ll-t-t'tR- I\h(llh~ fh11C hl1~ 7) to decide upon the granting of honorary member~..,.') h').{o--9" f",...n-r') htt:-t-~ oitJ;~C; 7iA"'T ship and the awarding of the Society's most iL111- fPt1"TOJ'') -t-1iAOtsP"f oPOJt't'); distinguished medals and decorations to persons . ~. 1\0--1\"" qfID;rT fOt,f11\"'A f",...O-r') ".{-t-C recommended by the Board on account of their outstanding humanitarian services rendered to the t1Dt'tf9"; . public in line with the fundamental principles of the fl' hit",A'", 1I''i nOt1~nT 1.tJ. IJ-{t- ,,,,...O-r') :FC-t-C Society; hoP:"l~ 04.:'",7i7i A C; h,) .{K.(':,o 1\oP')'" rT 8) to appoint the auditor of the Society for a term of f11,h,;~.ce ",...nt...,. :FC-t-r:,.') l\oPppCoPC h+~ two years; (If'''4"A h. ').t-C:C;7iC;A Jl"7.1:C; h4..1,.~ 1f}. 9) to revise this Charter as may be necessary and -t-w-ff}I'.y. 1\ -t-** (.IJJ OJ-'1'9"(: i' Ot 7i ') ", :"l11: submit same to ICRC/Federation Joint Commisf",...n-r') htJ"..,.C; w/o..y."f hOJ:t+C .: rfAff}1C; sion for National Societies Statutes, before it is I' -t-oPilC.y.C; submitted to the Government for approval; -t-°mc: r~l"'oPl\hT lUf.tJ. IfC:-i-C: "" 10) to approve regulations prepared and submitted by -t-1I;1-"{:.y. hPCJJ. fOt+C fhAI\..:f1 Y"''''ln~tJ'''T the Board, on the basis of this Charter and "'11\ 'r') "')11 ", W,,:,011 recommendations of regions, to define the orI~' fm:"AA ""1" il11(HlsP"f ganization, powers and duties of organs and li' fh1C h+tt: m:,o"A ",'lq; il1ft't11 nfo--I\T q(IDT offices of the Society. f",...n... fnlT qon+ n-t-LKoP Oit.('il"" OJC 1.11. 17. Meetings of the General Assembly 1) The National General Assembly shall hold a w-ill' ~tJ~J;AII regular meeting every two years within six months §. hilt."'llf'i n0?1~nT 1.11.Uo,,"fm:""" "'11" (A~ after the end of the fiscal year of the Society.'t11iL1.l." ~"f"AI: 2) Extraordinary meetings may be held at any time f-' A" m:,oAA"'11ft iLmt. fOt "fl\m-; when deemed necessary. u) npcJJ. OJ"tr 3) Extraordinary meetings may be convened: 1\) hm:"~A' ""l"W- hl1A+ oPtJhA nh1.(' (a) upon th~ decision of the Board; or "il-t-~lD- .('9"W r\.mf:" ~,&II (b) at the request of one-third of the members of AA~ il,. oP1.n ~ il11 t't11 fOt"l." Q. f m :,0 oP 11'),') the General assembly. '" 4) All notices on holding a regular meeting of the fOt.foPI\hT ",C;Tm-9" ",it:J-OJctl J fPC"'C; f".{.,.~"f 111'1sP"f:h').{0--9" ",11,.m- fOt~;1"C . General Assembly, together with reports of the Board and of auditors as well as a copy of the Il:f;'" l\,f\o"f "'J4f-"f 1'C",c: it 11t't11m-' hOt~1ID agenda, shall be sent to mem1;>ers of the Assembly c:nTh').(' OJC hil+.(''l'' I\"'I1"m- hl1AT oPAh one month prior to the meeting.
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PART FIVE Income and Financial f~..,-n Reports of the Society tJ?;- fOY..,n~ f.,n. 9"1P""f 27. Sources of Income OY..,n~f"thTt\-T f.,n. 9"1P""f f,fj~;J-A; The Society shall have the following sources of income: Ii- hhtlA ~T hCj;.r: 1) membership fees; ~- hw.e:h: hh(O;J- 'hCi h6e:J;;J- h"t.,~ "'H-nCi 2) money and property acquired through inheritance, 1-n~T: donations and assistance; r.- hA~ A~ f.,n. OYh"~ T~..,t-'I""f: 3) proceeds from income-generating programmes: 9.- h0ll1"'''''T h"t(}q- 1Il~I\I\ wf,9" fTC'..,t-9'" 4) general or programme subsidy from the GovernY:""'OY: ment; 5) income from ambulance and other services; ?;- hh9"''''I\1hCi ht\.t\.."f h.,A..,,,,,.,."ft 6) other sources. 1; h t\.t\.."f f., n. 9"'1P""f:= foy..,tI~ ftl~T 'OIIT 28. Fiscal Year tJ~The fiscal ye3f of the Society shall commence on the 1st foy..,tI~ ftl~T 'OIIT hth9"'t\. Ii +1 ~9"'~ 'hhh"t+ day of Hamle and shall end on the 30th day of Sene of q-t\w. 'OIIT (}~ r!J+1 f,tfCiAu the following year. h+t.~-n tJ'i- ht\'OII;J-'e f'l."'''' OII..,t\iiIiA 29. Annual Financial Reports 1) Audited financial report of the Society shall be Ii" ftl~T '0IIi: hTlIlCi++ tI~I\ 'hhh i wc Y:lh submitted to the Board within a period of six tlltJlTC fT~;J"lIl f~"'-n ~;rCT t\{1C.4. months following the end of each fiscal year. f,+Ct}A== 2) The audited financial reports shall be submitted ~- tlfo.t\T '0IIi: tlltJlTC fT~;J"lIl f~"'''' ~;rCT every two years to the General Assembly. t\1Il~I\I\ ",t}'tw. f,+Ct}A:= hCj;A hY:hT
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PART SIX Miscellaneous Provisions Revision of the Charter This Charter may be amended upon approval by the Government of the recommendations of the National General Assembly by a two-thirds majority vote passed in a meeting in which at least two-third of the members are present. Transitory provisions Officials of the Society shall continue to serve until new elections and assignements are made in accordance with this Charter. Power to issue Internal Regulations Without prejudice to other provisions of this Charter, the Board may issue internal regulations and directives necessary for the proper implementation of this Charter. Repeal The Revised Charter of the Society granted under the Council of State Special Decree No. 21/1990 is hereby repealed and replaced by this Charter. Effective Date This Charter shall come into force as of the 9thday of February, 1999. Done at Addis Ababa, this 9thday of February, 1999. NEGASO GIDADA (DR.) PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

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