§1 Jus Humanis International Human Rights Network (the “Organisation”), founded in Lund, Sweden in December 2005, is an independent human rights organisation. The headquarters of the organisation is in Lund, Sweden.
Purpose and core values
§2 The purpose of the organisation is to promote and protect universal human rights, fundamental rights and freedoms, and democracy, through various means such as investigation, publication, activism, advisory opinions, research and seminars.
§3 The Organisation believes in human dignity and equality of all human beings. Likewise, the Organisation believes that human rights have to be observed and respected without distinction of any kind. The Organisation is convinced that democracy is the only way to safeguard human rights.
§4 Any student of Lund University, believing in the purpose and core values of the organisation, may apply for membership.
§5 A member may be excluded if he or she works against the purposes or core values of the Organisation. A decision of exclusion can only be taken at an annual meeting or an extra annual meeting.
§6 The annual membership fee is decided upon by the Board.
§7 Branches of the Organisation may be established by members in any country or region with the consent of the board.
§8 A branch may be excluded if it works against the purposes or core values of the organisation. A decision of exclusion can only be taken at an annual meeting or an extra annual meeting.
Annual meeting and extra annual meeting
§9 The annual meeting is the highest decision making body of the Organisation. Annual general meetings shall be held each year before the end of October. The board shall announce the annual meeting with at least two weeks’ notice. An announcement on the homepage of the Organisation is deemed as a sufficient announcement. The annual meeting is considered legal if it was announced according to this statute. All members of the Organisation, who have paid the membership fee, have the right to participate in the annual meeting.
§10 The agenda of the annual meeting is as follows:
- a member of the board sets the meeting,
- election of the chairman of the meeting and the secretary of the meeting,
- presentation of the annual report of the board,
- the income and loss account and the balance sheet are put forward for acceptance,
- the auditors’ report, as revised by the external auditors, are put forward for,acceptance,
- voting on granting the board a discharge of responsibility for the passed year,
- voting on amendments of the statute,
- voting on exclusion of members or/and branches,
- voting on the annual membership fee,
- election of the board members,
- election of two external auditors, and
- other matters.
§11 Decisions shall be taken by the annual meeting with simple majority of the votes cast. Decisions regulated by §5, §8 and §17 have to be taken with 2/3 majority of the votes cast. A decision on dissolution, as regulated by §18, has to be taken with 4/5 majority of the votes cast. Each member has one vote. The voting procedure shall be in written with votes east in secret if any member asks for it. In case of even votes, the voting is repeated once. ‘When the result of the second voting is even, the proposal is considered rejected.
§12 The board can hold an extra annual meeting when deemed necessary. The board has to hold an extra annual meeting when 1/5 of the members, or the external auditors, request it. Such a request must be submitted to the board in written form, including the agenda of the extra annual meeting. The rules for annual meetings apply equally for extra annual meetings, with the exception of dissolution, which can only be decided upon by a regular annual meeting.
§13 The board consists of a president, a vice-president, a secretary, a treasurer and three additional board members whose tasks will be decided upon by the board.
§14 The board is responsible for running the Organisation according to its purposes and core values. The board can hire a general manager. The board will appoint committees to work in accordance with the purposes and core values of the Organisation.
§15 The president is responsible for holding board meetings as often as needed. If a member of the board requests that a meeting shall be held, the president has to call for a meeting. Board meetings are to be announced with at least two days notice, unless otherwise agreed upon by all board members. A board meeting is legal if it was announced according to the statute and four members of the board are present, unless otherwise agreed upon by all board members. Each member of the board has one vote. All board decisions are taken with simple majority. The board can decide to hold meetings open for the members.
§16 The board members are elected by the annual meeting. Only members of the Organisation are eligible to be members of the board.
Statute and dissolution
§17 The statute can only be amended by a supermajority decision undertaken by all members at a members’ meeting.
§18 The Organisation can only be dissolved by the annual meeting. In case of dissolution, all assets of the Organisation shall be transferred to the “Raoul Wallenberg institutet för mänskliga rättigheter och humanitär rätt”.
§19 The Organisation will be governed according to Swedish National Law.