"Kate and I will work with the various non-governmental organisations to influence the policy makers who decide these important decisions."
Gerry's blog (Day 302: 29/02/2008-Friday)
By Nigel Moore, mccannfiles
09 June 2009
According to the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children's (ICMEC) YouTube channel, 'Don't You Forget About Me', Madeleine's Fund is now classified as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation).
The ICMEC YouTube channel was created in collaboration with the Find Madeleine Campaign in order to help reunite children with their families.
So, is this information correct or is the channel falsely promoting "Find Madeleine" as an NGO for the benefit of American subscribers - in order to imbue it with an authority that it doesn't actually have?
What is an NGO? Wikipedia
Discussion at the 3 arguidos: The fund now an N.G.O.?
'NGOs exist for a variety of reasons, usually to further the political or social goals of their members or funders. Examples include improving the state of the natural environment, encouraging the observance of human rights, improving the welfare of the disadvantaged, or representing a corporate agenda. However, there are a huge number of such organizations and their goals cover a broad range of political and philosophical positions. This can also easily be applied to private schools and athletic organizations.'
'Even though the term "non-governmental organization" implies independence from governments, most NGOs depend heavily on governments for their funding.'
'The legal form of NGOs is diverse and depends upon homegrown variations in each country's laws and practices. However, four main family groups of NGOs can be found worldwide:
Unincorporated and voluntary association
Trusts, charities and foundations
Companies not just for profit
Entities formed or registered under special NGO or nonprofit laws
NGOs are not subjects of international law, as states are. An exception is the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is subject to certain specific matters, mainly relating to the Geneva Convention.
The Council of Europe in Strasbourg drafted the European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Personality of International Non-Governmental Organizations in 1986, which sets a common legal basis for the existence and work of NGOs in Europe. Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to freedom of association, which is also a fundamental norm for NGOs.'
Related: Gonçalo Amaral's book 'Maddie: L'Enquête Interdite' ('The Forbidden Investigation' is being translated into English) here