PreambleThe International of Anarchist Federations (IAF - IFA) is an international organisation of anarchist federations which, through its statement of principles and action is related to the principles of the First International set up in Saint-Imier (Switzerland) in 1872.
The IAF - IFA fights for :
The action of the IAF - IFA shall always be based on direct action, against parliamentarism and reformism, both on a theoretical and practical point of view. The federations joining the IAF - IFA commit themselves to develop the most efficient solidarity amongst them in all fields of activity, to cooperate and co-ordinate any initiative, to provide a regular aid to the IAF - IFA and its secretariat, to develop, at a world level, the anarchist action. Every federation being autonomous concerning its propaganda and its development.
Membership and Resignation
To join the IAF - IFA a federation must :
Membership implies the payment of a subscription the amount of which being determined by the congress.
The IAF - IFA wishes that only one federation should exist in a country. Nevertheless since not acknowledging the political geography imposed by States, it agrees with the constitution of different federations within one same territory providing the existing federation, member of the IAF - IFA, raises no opposition.
The IAF - IFA accepts the membership of plurinational federations that wish by that means to develop the exercise of anarchist internationalism within contiguous geographical or linguistic areas.
Should the secretariat be aware of durable and confirmed inactivity from a member federation, it is committed to inform every member of the IAF - IFA. If no objection is raised by any member federation within the next six monts, the resignation will become effective. The resignation will have to be unanimously ratified by the next congress. If an opposition is raised, only the congress can reconsider the resignation.
Should a resumption of activity be notified, that federation may propose its application for membership to the IAF - IFA in accordance with the statement of principles.
In the absence of any federate organisation at a national level, groups may also join the IAF - IFA, providing they commit themselves to the creation of a federation within the boundaries of the territory they refer to. That membership is but provisory, the IAF - IFA reserving the right, within the frame of the congress, to reconsider such membership if it has not led up to the constitution of a federation. The new federation must apply for membership to the IAF - IFA.
International connectionsThe IAF - IFA fosters cordial links with the whole anarchist movement in its fight against all forms and structures of domination (exchanges of information, solidarity, etc.) and may invite its delegations to attend its sessions.
CongressesThe IAF - IFA gathers in a congress, every three years. The congress unanimously decides on the orientations and lines of action for the IAF - IFA.
One year before it gathers, a meeting of the secretariat and the people in charge of the international relations in the different federations, will define the agenda, the date and place of the IAF - IFA congress.
The congress debates on the initiatives of the organisation and unanimously entrusts a member federation to name the members of the IAF - IFA secretariat which task is to put into practice the mandates defined by the congress.