Statute of the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL)
- Commenced in full on 30 January 2017
- [This is the version of this document at 30 January 2017.]
Article 1 – DefinitionsIn this Statute, unless otherwise indicated:"AFRIPOL" means the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation;"Assembly" means the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union;"CAPCCO" means the Central African Police Chiefs Committee or its successor;"Commission" means the Commission of the African Union;"Constitutive Act" means the Constitutive Act of the African Union;"EAPCCO" means the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization or its successor;"Executive Council" means the Executive Council of Ministers of the Union;"General Assembly of AFRIPOL" means the Conference of the Chiefs of Police of the African Union Member States;"INTERPOL" means the International Criminal Police Organisation;"Member States" means Member States of the African Union;"NARC" means North African Regional Capability;"Police Strategic Support Group" means the unit designated as such and established within the Peace Support Operations Division of the AU Peace and Security Department;"Policy Organs" means the African Union policy Organs as defined in the Constitutive Act;"RPCOs" means the Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organizations, and includes CAPCCO, EAPCCO, SARPCCO, WAPCCO and any other regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisations as may be established;"SARPCCO" means the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organization or its successor;"Statute" means the present Statute establishing AFRIPOL;"Secretariat" means the Permanent Technical and Operational Office of AFRIPOL;"Steering Committee" means the executive body of AFRIPOL;"STCDSS" means the Specialized Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security or its successor;"Union" or "AU" means the African Union established by the Constitutive Act;"WAPCCO" means the West African Police Chiefs Committee or its successor.
Article 2 – Establishment and legal capacity of AFRIPOL
Article 3 – ObjectivesThe objectives of AFRIPOL are to:
Article 4 – FunctionsIn carrying out its mandate, AFRIPOL shall pursue in particular the following functions:
Article 5 – PrinciplesAFRIPOL shall function in accordance with the following principles:
Article 6 – The Specialized Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and SecurityThe STCDSS shall have the responsibility to provide leadership and direction regarding police affairs in Africa.
Article 7 – Structure of AFRIPOLThe structure of AFRIPOL shall consist of:
Article 8 – The General Assembly
Article 9 – Steering Committee
Article 10 – Secretariat
Article 11 – National liaison officesEach Member State, shall in accordance with its National legislation, establish an AFRIPOL National liaison office for the smooth running of the AFRIPOL activities.
Article 12 – Attendance and participation
Article 13 – Venue
Article 14 – QuorumThe quorum of the Sessions of the General Assembly shall be two thirds majority and the Steering committee of AFRIPOL shall be simple majority.
Article 15 – Ordinary Sessions
Article 16 – Extraordinary sessions
Article 17 – Majority required for decisionsThe General Assembly of AFRIPOL shall take its decisions by consensus, failing which, by two-thirds majority of the Member States present and eligible to vote.
Article 18 – Flag, anthem and logo
Article 19 – Cooperation with Member States, African Union organs and institutionsAFRIPOL shall cooperate with Member States, organs and institutions of the AU on any subject matter related to its objectives and functions.
Article 20 – Relations with INTERPOL and other organisations
Article 21 – Budget and resources
Article 22 – Terms and conditions of service of staff membersThe terms and conditions of service of the staff members of AFRIPOL Secretariat shall be governed by the African Union Staff Rules and Regulations.
Article 23 – MembershipAFRIPOL shall be composed of Police institutions of Member States of the African.
Article 24 – Headquarters of AFRIPOL
Article 25 – LanguagesThe official and working languages of the AFRIPOL shall be those of the Union.
Article 26 – Privileges and immunitiesAFRIPOL and its staff shall enjoy the privileges and Immunities as provided in the General Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Organisation of African Unity, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and the host agreement that shall be concluded between the AU and the Government of the Host Country.
Article 27 – Transitional arrangementsFollowing the adoption of the present Statute by the Assembly of the Union, the Chairperson of the Commission, shall:
Article 28 – Amendment
Article 29 – Entry into force
History of this document
30 January 2017 this version