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Statutes of the non profit making association "Friends of l’Humanité in English" (Société des Amis de l’Humanité in English)

Translated Saturday 8 July 2006, by Ann Drummond, Carol Gullidge, Hervé Fuyet

Société des Amis de l’Humanité in English/ Friends of l’Humanité in English

(This is the unofficial English translation of Statuts de la Société des Amis de l’Humanité in English, the statutes of nonprofit making association governed by the French law of 1 July 1901, declared at the Sous-préfecture d’Antony, on 31 January 2006 and publicized in the Journal officiel de la République française of 1 April 2006, page 1699. Only the original French text shall be legally binding.)



Between adherents to the present statutes, an Association governed by the Law of 1 July 1901 and the Decree of 16 August 1901, is set up under the name of Société des Amis de l’Humanité in English/Friends of l’Humanité in English.


The aims of the Association are:

A. to foster the development and promotion of l’Humanité in English, the shortened online English version of the French daily newspaper l’Humanité and its weekly edition, in particular through voluntary contributions of translations or with financial contributions.

B. to support dialogue, meetings, and exchange of opinions between those who regard the existence of l’Humanité in English as an asset for the survival of pluralism and freedom of the press in France, Europe and the rest of the world.


The registered office is located at:

Société des Amis de l’Humanité in English/Friends of Humanity in English c/o Hervé Fuyet, 61 avenue Pierre Brossolette, 92120 Montrouge, France.

It may be transferred to a different location by a resolution of the Board of Directors upon ratification by vote at a General Meeting.


The Association is composed of:

1) Honorary Members 2) Donor Members 3) Active members



To belong to the Association, the approval of the Executive Committee, which considers submitted requests for admission at each of its meetings, is required. Membership of the Association is subject to approval by the Executive Committee at one of its meetings.



Honorary members are persons who have rendered outstanding services to the Association. They are exempt from paying fees. Donor members are persons who pay an annual fee of 150 euros or an entrance fee of 150 euros. Active members are persons who pay an annual fee of 10 euros.


Termination of membership:

Membership shall cease due to:

Resignation Death Expulsion pronounced by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee for a significant reason or for failure to pay the membership fees. The interested party must first of all be invited by registered letter to present his or her application before the Executive Committee.


The resources of the Association are: Membership fees; Grants from local and national sources; French local and national government; the European Union or other sources; Donations.


Board of Directors: The Association shall be managed by a Board of Directors made up members elected at the General Meeting for a period of one year. Members are eligible for re-election. The Board of Directors shall choose from its members, by secret ballot, an Executive Committee made up of: 1 - A President 2 - One or more vice-Presidents 3 - A Secretary and, if necessary, an assistant Secretary 4 - A Treasurer and, if necessary, an assistant Treasurer Half of the Board shall be replaced each year, so in the first year, outgoing members shall be chosen by drawing lots. In the event of vacancies, the Board shall arrange the replacement of these members on a temporary basis. The next General Meeting shall organize their permanent replacement. Termination of the mandate of replacement members shall coincide with the normal date of termination of the mandate of the member they are thus replacing.


Board meeting: The Board of Directors shall meet once every six months, by invitation of the President, or at the request of a quarter of its members. Decisions shall be made by a majority of the votes cast. In the event of an equal split, the President shall have the casting vote. Any member of the Board of Directors who has failed to attend three successive meetings, and has not provided an excuse, shall be deemed to have resigned (except in the event of force majeure). Board members must be of legal age.


Ordinary General Meeting: The Ordinary General Meeting shall consist of all members of the Association, regardless of their category of membership. The Ordinary General Meeting shall meet each year in January. Two weeks before the scheduled date, members of the Association shall be sent a written invitation by the Secretary. The agenda of the meeting shall be indicated on the invitations and a form must be included, which enables a member to allocate his or her voting right to another member who will be present during the meeting. Only forms duly completed and signed will be considered, specifying the name and address of the member replaced during the meeting. Blank forms (not completed) or in the name of a member who is not present at the General Meeting shall not be taken into consideration at the vote and shall be regarded as null and void. The President, assisted by members of the Board, shall chair the meeting and make a presentation on the current activities of the Association. The Treasurer shall present the Annual Financial Report and submit accounts for the approval of the meeting. After the close of business, the meeting shall move to the replacement, by secret ballot, of members of the outgoing Board, according to the procedures laid down in article 11. Only agenda items listed on the invitation shall be dealt with.


Extraordinary General Meeting:

If it is deemed necessary, or at the request of half of the registered members, the President may convene an Extraordinary General Meeting, according to the procedures laid down in article 11.



The Board may make by-laws which must be submitted for approval to the General Meeting. Such by-laws are intended to settle various matters not dealt with in the statutes, in particular those matters relating to the internal administration of the Association.


Dissolution: In the event of dissolution pronounced by at least two thirds of the members present at the General Meeting, one or more liquidators shall be appointed by the General Meeting, and the assets of the Association, if any, shall be distributed in accordance with article 9 of the Law of 1 July 1901 and the Decree of 16 August 1901.

Montrouge, November 20, 2005

Herve Fuyet, President

Patrick Bolland, Secretary

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