Decree 2-04-969 to Implement the Decree on the Right to Establish Associations

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 Official Gazette  No.  5339  issued  on  Monday  1  August  2005  
Decree  No.  2‐04‐969  issued  in  28  of Thu  Al  Qeda  1425  (10  January  2005)  to  apply  the  Royal  
Decree  No.  1‐58‐376  issued  on  3  Jumad  Al  Awal  1378  (15  November  1958)  to  regulate  the  
right  of  association.  
Prime  Minister,   
Based  on  the  Royal  Decree  No.  1 ‐58‐376  issued  on  3  Jumadi  Al  Awal  1378  (15  November  
1958)  to  regulate  the  right  of  association,  as  it has  been  changed  and completed  by  the  Law  
No.  75‐00  implemented  by  the  Decree  No  1 ‐02‐206  dated  12  Jumad  Al Awal  1423  (23  July  
2002),  especially  the  article  9  thereof;  
Having  considered  the draft  in  the  Ministerial  Council  convened  on  24  Thu  Al  Qeda  1425  (6  
January  2005);  
The  following  has  been  decided:   
Article  1:   
Every  association  which needs  to  be  recognized  for  its  public  benefit  should:  
1. Be  established  according  to the  provisions  of  the  decree  No.  1 ‐58‐376  issued  on  3  
Jumad  Al Awal  1378  (15  November  1958)  indicated  above  and  should  be  run in 
consistent  with  its  statute.   
2. Have  financial  capacities  available  with it  to  enable  it accomplish  its  assigned  tasks  
and  duties  as  stated  in  its  statute,  which  have  the  public  benefit  nature;  
3. Have  a  statute  and  internal  bylaw  which  ensures  actual  participation  for  its  
members  in  managing  the  association  and in  practicing  monitoring  on  periodical  
basis,  and it  (statute)  should  define  the role  and responsibilities  of  bodies,  and  the  
dates  of  general  assembly  and  schedule;  
4. Have  an  objective  of  public  benefit  at  local  and  national  levels;   
5. Hold  an accounting  books which  allow  prepare  structural  statements  that  reflect  a  
real  picture  of  its  accounts  and  financial  position  and  its  results  according  to the  
applicable  organizational  provisions;  
6. Respect  and  be  adhered  to  provision  of required  information  and  be  subject  to 
administrative  monitoring  stated in  the  applicable  legislative  and regulative  
Article  2:   
The  application  for  recognition  of  the  public  benefit,  before  being  deposited,  should  be  
subject  to  a  special  discussion  by  the  competent  body  according  to its  statute.   
Article  3:   

The president  of  the  association  or  the  qualified  person  should  deposit  the  application  for  
recognition  of  the  public  benefit  with  the  official  in charge  within  the  jurisdiction  of  the  
association,  attached  with  the  following  documents:   
‐ A copy  of  the  final  receipt  of  depositing  the  association  file  for establishing;   
‐ Two  copies  of  the  statute  and the  internal  bylaw  of  the  association,  to  dated,  and  
when  necessary,  stating  where their  headquarters  are  located;   
‐ Two  copies  of  the  list  of  members  responsible  for administrating  the  association,  
indicating  their  nationalities,  professions,  residence,  and  a  copy  of  the  last  receipt  of  
the  association  renewal.  
‐ Report  on  the  activities  of  association,  showing  its achievements  since  it  was  
established,  and  when  necessary  its  estimated  action program  over  the  upcoming  
three  years’  
‐ The structural  statements  of  its  accounts  and  financial  statements  and  the  value  of  
movable  and immovable  properties of  the  association  and the  ones  which  it  intends  
to  have  in  future;  
‐ A copy  of  the  minutes  of  the  deliberations  of  the  association’s  competent  body  
which  permits  the  presentation  of  the  application  for  public  benefit  for  the  interest  
of  the  concerned  association,  along  with  the  list  of  the  present  members;  
‐ The documents  should  be  certified  as  duplicates   
Article  4  
According  to the  provisions  of  the  article  9 of  the  decree  No.  1 ‐58‐376  issued  on  3  Jumad  
Al  Awal  1378  (15  Nov.  1958)  above  mentioned,  the  official  do prior  investigation  for  the  
objectives  of  the  concerned  association  and its  activities  within  a  period  not  later  than  
three  months  from  the  date  of  depositing  the  application  for  recognition  of  public  
Article  5   
The  official  is to  address  the  application  for  recognition  of  public  benefit  to the  Secretary  
General  of  the  Government,  attached  with the  documents  set  forth  in  article  3  above,  
along  with  the  results  of  investigation  stated  in  the  article  4  above  and  assessment  on  
the  nature  of  public  benefit  of  the  association.   
Article  6   
The  General  Secretary  of  Government  refers  the application  file  to the  assigned  minister  
in  finance  and the  government  authorities  concerned  with the  activities  of  the  
association  for  giving  its  opinion,  after  having  a  look  into  the  results  of  investigation  and 
ensuring  that  the  association  has fulfilled  all  requirements  stated  to  obtain  the 
recognition  of  the  public  benefit  and  that  the  necessary  documents  are  attached  to the  
The  results  of  the  application  consideration  should be  presented  to  the  Prime  Minister.   
Article  7:   

The Recognition  of  the  public  benefit  is  to  be  granted  by a  decree  that  defines  the  
maximum  value of  property  the  association  can own.  The  decree  is  to  be  communicated  
to  the  association  and to  be  published  in  the  official  gazette.   
Article  8:   
According  to the  provisions  of  the  two  last  articles  of  the  article  9,  of  the  decree  No.  1 ‐
58‐376  issued  on  3  Jumad  Al Awal  1378  (15  Nov.  1958)  above  mentioned,  every  
association‐  recognized for public  benefit  in the  date  of  publishing  this  decree  or  while  
applying  for  the  recognition  of public  benefit ‐ can  ask  for  an  annual  support  from  the  
government,  according to  the  requirements  stated in  the  article  9,  taking  the following  
into  accounts:  
‐ To be  committed  to  use  the  raised  amounts  for  its  assigned  purposes;  
‐ To indicate  to  the  estimated  amount  that can  be  collected  from  the  government  
support  and  the  requirements  according  to  which  it  will  be  made,  especially  its  term  
and  scope;   
This  permission  is  to  be  granted  by  a  decree  of  the  recognition  for  the  public  benefit.   
The  association,  within  15  days  prior  the  application  for  a  government  support,  should  send 
an  application  to  the  General  Secretary  of  the  Government,  containing  the  data  stated  in  the  
article  2 of  the  decree  issued  to  implement  the  Law  No. 004 ‐71  dated  21 Sha’aban  1391  (12  
October  1971)  relevant  to  the  government  support.   
Article:  9  
In  application  of  the  provisions  of  the  article  7 of  the  chapter  9  of  the  decree  No.  1 ‐58‐376  
issued   in 3  Jumadi  Al  Awal  1378  (15  November  1958)  above  mentioned  ,  when  the official  
discovers  that  the  association  recognized for its  public  benefit  is  not  adhered  to  its  legal 
obligations  or  the  ones  stated  in  its  statute,  he  may  address  a  warning  to  it  in  order  to fix  its  
situation  within  three  months  period  as  maximum.  If  the  association  does not  respond  to  
this  warning,  the  official  may raise the  issue  to  the  General  Secretary  of the  Government  
who  may  present  the  issue  to  the  Prime  Minister  for  the  purpose  of  a  decision  to  be  taken.  
Article  10   
The  associations  recognized  for  public  benefit should  hold  accounts  according  to  the  
requirements  defined  by a  decision  of  the  government  authority  responsible  for finance.  
Pending  the issue  of  the  mentioned  decision, the President  of  the  association  provides  a  
statement  of  the  financial  accounts  of  the  association  and also  the  value  of  the  movable  and 
immovable  properties.  
The  associations  should  send  the  documents  stated  above  to  the  General  Secretary  of  
Government,  and  should  be  certified  by an  accountant  on the  National  Board  of  Expert  
Article  11:  

The withdrawal  of  the  recognition  for  public  benefit  is  decided  upon  by a  justified  decree.   
The  stated  withdrawal  is  to  be  informed  to the  concerned  association  and to  be  published  in  
the  official  gazette.   
Article  12  
The  execution  of  this  decree ‐ to  be  published  in  the  official  gazette ‐ is  to  be  entrusted  to  the  
Ministry  of  Interior,  Minister  of  Finance  and  Privatization  and the  Secretary  General  of  
Government,  each  in  his  respective  official  scope.  
Written  in  Rebat  on 28  of  Thu  Al  Qeda  1425  (10  Jan.  2005)  
Signature:  Edris  Jitto.   
Singed  by  
Minister  of  Interior  
Signature:  Al  Mustafa  Sahel  
Minister  of  Finance  &  Privatization  
Signature:  Fateh  Allah  wa  Lella  
Secretary  General  of  Government   
Signature:  Abdu  Al  Sadeq  Al  Rabee