Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:58

Extraordinary RAIPON Congress in January

Extraordinary RAIPON Congress in January IPS

The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East (RAIPON) last week announced that the organisation will organise an extraordinary Congress on 24 January, 2013, in Moscow.

According to the announcement, the decision to have an extraordinary Congress in Januare was taken by RAIPON’s Coordinating Council when it met in Moscow on 12 December, i.e., last Wednesday.

Apparently, the only item of the agenda of the extraordinary Congress in January will be to amend the Charter of RAIPON to make it comply with Russian legislation, so that issues between RAIPON and the Ministry of Justice will be solved before the organisation’s 7th ordinary Congress in March next year.

It was the alledged incompliance of RAIPON’s Charter that led to the Ministry of Justice’s suspension of the organisation for the period of 1 November till 20 April next year.

 It will be the second time that members of RAIPON gather for an extraordinary Congress to try to adjust the organisation to the demands of the law and the Ministry of Justice. First time was in April 2011, however, the changes made on that occasion were later deemed insufficient by the Ministry of Justice.

What, as indicated by last week’s announcement, perhaps offers better chances of succeeding this time is the fact that consultations are underway with the Ministry of Justice with a view to bringing the Charter in compliance with the Federal Law “On Public Organisations.”

That things may begin to look up with regard to have the supension of RAIPON lifted was actually preannounced on the website of RAIPON on 27 November. On that date a news item disclosed that RAIPON was having meetings with the Ministry of Justice, and that the latter would provide legal expertise to assist with bringing the organisation in accordance with the law.

Ordinary RAIPON Congress takes place every 4 years. The latest, the 6th Congress, took place in 2009, and the next one, the 7th, is scheduled to take place end of March next year in Salekhard, Yamal.



RAIPON news item 13/12/2012

RAIPON news item 27/11/2012

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