Improving international relations ‘is not charitable’ court says

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.

Crocels sues Charity Commision over CIO block

The leading multimedia education and community regeneration partnership, Crocels, has filed legal action against the Charity Commission in the United Kingdom for failing to award it charitable status and constitute it as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

Charitable Incorporated Organisations are a new type of charity registration, and one which Crocels has been waiting to come into existence for over 7 years as part of its drive to rethink co-operative approaches to organisational management.

The Charity Commission has refused to grant Crocels charitable status as a CIO because it says its objectives – based on the criteria to win the Nobel Peace Prize – is not “charitable.”

A spokesperson for the Charity Commissioner remained defiant. “The commission believes that the objects submitted are not charitable therefore rejected the application to register,” they said. “Where an organisation is not charitable, it is not the commission’s role to assist it in becoming a charity.

Crocels’s CEO and In-House Counsel, Jonathan Bishop believes that taking legal action was the only option. “The Charity Commission refused our request to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, citing case law from the 1930s against an organisation they have since given charity status to,” he said. “The Charity Commission are not giving us the opportunity to reword our aims, and are refusing to accept that our aims are non-political, but in keeping with those of other charities like the British Red Cross.”