STATUTES of the “Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan”
(referred to as HRSU)”
ARTICLE 1 – CONSTITUTION
1.1. An Society is constituted, regulated by the law of July 1st, 1901 and the decree of August 16th, 1901 as well as by the present statutes.
1.2. The “Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan” is the result of the voluntary initiative of citizens unified in the objective of promoting and defending human rights, accredited and proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.
ARTICLE 2 – REGISTERED OFFICE
2.1. The head office of the Society is set at the office of the Maine et Loire (Republic France) Human Rights Section, situated 22 rue de Maine, 49100, Angers.
2.2. It can be transferred by resolution of the HRSU Congress.
ARTICLE 3 – TERRITORY ON WHICH THE HRSU EXERCISES ITS ACTIVITY
3.1. The HRSU exercises its activity on the territory of the French Republic.
3.2. The HRSU is furthermore active on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan and other states through establishing branch offices and representations according to respective national legislations
ARTICLE 4 – CONTINUITY
The Society has been created for an indeterminate duration.
ARTICLE 5 – OBJECTIVE
5.1. The Society has the primary goal to contribute to democracy, to the defense and promotion of human rights and to the construction of a civil society in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
5.2. Its primary objective is to strive for the application of conventions as well as international and regional pacts concerning the right of asylum, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, to bring forward the evolution and defense of human rights and liberties, to fight injustice, arbitrariness and any violation of human dignity.
5.3. The Society of human rights of Uzbekistan will intervene whenever violations of the above stated principles to the detriment of individuals or collectives are signalized.
5.4. In order to realize this objective, the Society will use the following measures of action: fundraising campaigns, analyses, distribution of information on the human rights situation in Uzbekistan.
5.5. To implement these measures, HRSU will edit journals, magazines, reports, books and all other forms of publication concerning all aspects of its activity and the human rights situation in Uzbekistan.
5.6. HRSU organizes and conducts conferences, workshops, meetings and other national and international manifestations aiming at guaranteeing the efficiency of human rights.
ARTICLE 6 – COMPOSITION
6.1. Every person (French or Uzbek citizens as well as citizens of any other states and persons without citizenship), who has reached the age of 18, disregarding his nationality, race, religion and political convictions can become member of the HRSU.
6.2. Every member of the HRSU has to annually pay membership fees. Their amount has been set on the Society’s first Congress (6th of May 2009, Angers, France):
?in France: 10 (ten) Euro per year;
?in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan: 5 (five) Euro;
?in Uzbekistan: 1 (one) Euro.
6.3. The amount of the membership fee can be changed by decision of the Congress.
6.4. Adherence to humanist ideals and to the principles expressed in the universal declaration human rights are a necessary prerequisite of the acceptance of the admission as a member of HRSU.
6.5. Any member of HRSU can voluntarily leave the Society at any time. To do so, it is sufficient to address a declaration to the responsible institution of the Society.
6.6. Any member who abrasively infringes upon the statutes of the Society (acts of violence and appeals to violence, illegal activities in the defense of human rights, violation of statutes and internal regulations, un-conscientious activities within the association) can be excluded from the Society.
Cancellations and exclusions can be subject to appeal before the authority that is directly superior to the Society.
ARTICLE 7 – HRSU INSTITUTIONS
7.1. HRSU is constituted by initial groups, regional organizations (regions, cities, and districts), central institutions of executives (the Congress), an office, a Council of Administration and a Revision Commission.
7.2. The supreme administrative body of HRSU is the Congress. Its ordinary session is convened every two years. The Congress is summoned to an extraordinary meeting on request of at least half of the members of HRSU or based on the decision of the Office. The delegates of the Congress are deputed by the regional organizations of HRSU, according to quotas established by the Office (or the initiators of the extraordinary Congress), proportionally to the number of their members.
7.3. The delegates of the Congress are members of the annual regional conventions that precede the Congress.
7.4. The Congress elects the President of HRSU, appoints the Revision Commission, and, on the proposal from the President, appoints the members of the Office.
7.5. The same person cannot be elected President of the HRSU for more than four terms.
7.6. Responsibilities of the Congress:
– The Congress auditions the reports of the presidents, the Office and of the Revision Commission;
??The Congress examines and decides on questions of regulation and planning of HRSU’s activity;
??The Congress decides on the maintenance or revision of HRSU’s statutes. In the event that legislative changes occur, HRSU will establish conformity and the next Congress will validate the changes.
7.7. The decisions of the Congress are taken by majority vote.
7.8. If more than 50% of the conferences’ delegates of the regional sections are present, their decisions have legal force for the members of HRSU and its regional sections.
7.9. Responsibilities of the President:
– The President alone holds the power give official statements and to sign documents (such as appeals, press releases, reports); to communicate with state officials in the name of the HRSU. Other members of the organization can take up these tasks when authorized by the President;
– he is member of the Office
– he tackles urgent problems and implements the decisions of the Congress;
??he organizes preparatory work at the meetings of the Office, the administrative Council and the Congress;
??he organizes and supervises the execution of decisions by the conducting administrative bodies of HRSU
7.10. Responsibilities of the Office:
??as a permanent executive body, it conducts the association’s activities during the interval between two Congresses;
??it appoints a Secretary, whose function is to serve as Vice-President of the HRSU;
??it defines the prioritized orientation of HRSU’s projects and programs;
the office conducts the organization’s current activity:
?i??it conducts the assessment and the confirmation of the situation concerning the Revision Commission;
?ii??it organizes the ordinary and extraordinary sessions of the Congress
7.11. Every member of the Office (except for the President) is responsible for one or several sectors of activity at HRSU;
7.12. In session, it disposes of a veto right against the decisions of the President
7.13. Responsibilities of the administrative Council (or Council of executives):
?it is composed of the Office and the presidents of the regional sections of HRSU. It constitutes an administrative body of supervision for all sectors of activity of the Office.
?Directed by the President of HRSU, it assembles at least once per trimester.
??it has access to reports, projects and structural activities of the Society
??it supervises compatibility with the statutes and decisions of the Congress;
??it formulates recommendations relative to the activities of HRSU and can oppose decisions of the President with its veto;
7.14. The administrative bodies of HRSU (except for the Congress) must feature more than half of its members in order to validate their conventions. A decision is considered to be reached if it has been approved by the vote of the majority of the convention’s participants.
7.15. The Revision Committee of HRSU verifies the administrative and financial activities of the administrative bodies of HRSU. Concerning these matters, it files a report for the Congress.
Its President is elected by the Congress for the period of time until the next Congress.
ARTICLE 8 – RESSOURCES
8.1. The resources the Society is benefiting from are composed of all receipts authorized by law, with respect to HRSU’s independence, particularly:
– contribution payments acquired from the members of the Society;
??products and activities (editions, conferences, workshops, other activities);
??donations and bequests;
??public grants and private contributions;
??interests and revenues from goods of value in the possession of the Society:
??goods and means graciously provided by legal or natural persons for the realization of projects:
??donations made by citizens, organizations, citizens, enterprises and public bodies, both national and foreign;
??all other resource that is not prohibited by laws and regulations in effect.
8.2. The President alone holds the power to sign documents affecting the budget and goods of HRSU, alongside with persons authorized by the Office
8.3. The organization’s financial activity and properties are controlled by the Revision Committee (see Art. 7 / 7.15.)
ARTICLE 9 – LEGAL ENTITY
9.1. The HRSU becomes legal entity upon official legislation.
9.2. Its regional branches do as well constitute legal entities.
ARTICLE 10 – REORGANIZATION AND DISSOLUTION
10.1. The activity of HRSU can be suspended, interrupted or reorganized by the decision of the Congress, taken by a 2/3 majority of votes of all present delegates.
10.2. In the event of dissolution of HRSU, its goods, funds and finances are used in compliance with the legal provisions.
10.3. The activity of the HRSU can be suspended or interrupted by judicial decision.
ARTICLE 11 – INTERNAL REGULATIONS
Internal rules of procedure, adopted by the Congress, will complete the present statutes, particularly with regard to the organization, the procedure, the functioning of HRSU or concerning any other provision not embraced by the present statutes.
(Discussed and adopted at the HRSU extraordinary Congress on the 6th of May 2009 in Angers, France)
President of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan