Taking steps to improve international relations is not charitable, a court in the United Kingdom has said.
Crocels Community Media Group sued the Charity Commission for England and Wales when it refused to allow it to establish a charitable arm that would allow its members to contribute their surplus for charitable purposes.
The Charity Commission rejected Crocels’s application, saying that objectives relating to reducing or abolishing standing armies, promoting peace and encouraging fraternity between nations were political as they required a change in UK Government policy. The First Tier Tribunal for Charities agreed.
Undeterred, the Chief Executive Officer of Crocels, Jonathan Bishop, has said the organisation intends to appeal the decision to the Upper Tribunal for Charities. “Crocels will be appealing the decision on the grounds that achieving these does not require change in UK Government policy,” he said. “Other reasons include Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights means that the member companies of Crocels should be able to dispose of their surplus for charitable purposes,” he continued. “Article 10 of the Convention means that Crocels Research has a right to provide ideas to the UK Government and the Charity Commision and the UK Courts should not inhibit this academic freedom.
“Jonathan Bishop Limited should not be preventing from licensing its IP for charitable purposes as per Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the Convention.
“And finally that Crocels Cooperators Party should not be prevented from seeking to promote the ideas of Crocels and its member companies in elected bodies.“