Statutes of the German Association “Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights e.V”
What follows is the English translation of the statutes. The German text remains the legally binding source.
The association Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights intends to defend human rights, particularly political and civil rights. It refers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966).
§ 1 Name, Official Headquarter, and Financial Year
The name of the association is “Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights e.V.”. The association is registered in the official register of societies and associations of the District Court. The official head quarter of the association is in Bonn. The financial year corresponds to the calendar year.
§ 2 Objectives of the association
(1) The association promotes the international understanding, particularly through standing up for the worldwide respect for human rights.
This is achieved by:
– supporting and working together with victims of human rights violation, supporters of human rights and human rights organisations in Germany and abroad.
– collecting, processing and publishing information about worldwide violation of human rights by every suitable means (website, printed matters, public events) in order to inform and request active engagement.
– carrying out peaceful campaigns which help to pursue the aims of the association. These campaigns can be informative and educational actions like seminars, workshops and lectures.
(2) The association supports the care for prisoners and former prisoners who are or were in prison for political or conscientious reasons. The association promotes the respect for human rights of these prisoners.
(3) The association acts independently. It operates without any influence from governments and from political and religious parties or organisations.
§ 3 Membership
(1) Every natural person which wants to support the objectives of the association actively can become a member. The application for membership has to be submitted to the executive board in written from. The executive board has the right to refuse any application without giving reasons. The executive board also decides on the re-entry of an expelled member.
The membership ends by:
- a) death.
- b) quitting. The quit has to be reported to the executive board in writing and is not bound to a fixed time.
- c) exclusion. A member who does not act in accordance with the objectives of the association can be excluded. A member can also be excluded in case of non-payment of the membership dues despite single reminder. The executive board decides on the exclusion.
(2) Membership dues are being charged. The assembly of members decide on the annual amount and due-date.
(3) Members are entitled to reimbursement of reasonable expenses which incurred while doing voluntary activities on behalf of the association. The expenses have to be proven.
§ 4 Assembly of members
The assembly of members meets at least once a year. The executive board invites the members at least four weeks in advance enclosing an agenda. On demand of more than a quarter of the ordinary members the executive board has to invite the members to an irregular assembly.
Every member has one vote. The voting right can be transferred to another member with a a written power of attorney.
Legal entities are represented by a natural person who is legitimized by authorization. The assembly of members decides on the execution of the objectives of the association, amendments to the statutes, the standing orders of the assembly of members, the budget of the association and the amount of dues. It votes for and releases the members of the executive board and the treasurer.
Every member can file an application to the assembly of members. Applications must be submitted in writing or electronically to the executive board at least 20 days prior to the assembly (date of postmark). The executive board has to inform all members about it at least 10 days (date of the postmark) prior to the assembly in writing or electronically. Amendments, supplementary applications and emergency motions as well as applications concerning standing orders can be discussed as far as the general meeting agrees. This does not include amendments to the statutes and the application for dissolving the association.
Every decision of the assembly of members is made by simple majority of the votes cast without inclusion of the abstentions, inasmuch as the statutes do not allow any exceptions.
Elections are made by simple majority.
The decisions of the assembly of members are recorded in writing.
§ 5 Executive board
(1) The executive board consists of at least three members: a chair, a deputy chairs, a board member in charge of the finances and executives whose numbers are to be declared by the members assembly.
The association is represented by two members of the executive board.
The executive board has primarily the following duties:
- a) Preparation, convening and executing of the members assembly as well as the disposition of the agenda.
- b) Execution of the decisions of the assembly of members.
- c) Preparing the budget, book-keeping and annual report.
(2) The members of the executive board are elected by the members assembly by a simple majority for a period of two years and remain in office until the election of a new executive board. The appointment is revocable. If a member of the executive board resigns during the first year of office, a successor is elected at the next members assembly for one year.
Only members of the association can be elected onto the executive board.
(3) The executive board may be remunerated for activities which go beyond the scope of regular executive board activities. No funds from donations or membership fees may be used for such remunerations.
(4) Members of national local, national or international executive authorities are excluded to hold an executive or representative position in the association.
§ 6 Common public interest
Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights exclusively and directly pursues purposes of common public interest according to the section “tax-deductible purposes” of the tax law. The association works on the basis of selflessness, it has no interest in making profit. Funds of the association shall only be used to fulfil objectives according to the statutes. The executive board decides about the refund of expenses which members have by voluntary work for Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights. The members do not receive any grants from the association. No person shall get disproportionate high payments which are not in accordance with the purposes of the association.
§ 7 Dissolution
The assembly of members can dissolve Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights with three-quarter majority of the votes cast. In case of dissolution of the association or at cessation of its tax privileged purpose the assets are transferred/donated in equal parts to “Amnesty International, Sektion der Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V.” and to “Human Rights Watch”. The receivers of the assets are obliged to use the assets for exclusive and direct purposes of common public interest.
§ 8 Amendments
Amendments to the statutes can only be decided by the assembly of members with a minimum of two-thirds of all members taking part in the vote. An application for amending the statutes can only be discussed if a written suggestion is submitted within the period of time described in § 4.
The executive board is exclusively empowered to execute amendments to the statutes intended by the register court or the tax office.