“The child does not become a human being, it is already one” (Janusz Korczak)
Every human being is free in his development, his dignity, his actions – as long as he does not violate the rights of other people. Being human begins with birth, regardless of whether the person was born on the street in Mongolia – or in a rich parental home in the USA.
And even if a man was born in a lower caste in India and therefore will never have the possibilities to pursue his individual aspirations like another person due to religious rules.
This is what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) says. Each state has ratified and signed that this Declaration of Human Rights will be published and made accessible to everyone. And that this is anchored in education in schools and other institutions, so that everyone knows about his and her rights.
The goal of the “International WalRights Initiative e.V.” is to create a world in which it is deeply anchored in educational institutions and all people have access.
Teachers are to be trained internationally on the basis of educational materials in order to integrate the topic into everyday school life and to expand their mandate to include human rights issues.
Furthermore, the aim of International WalRights Initiative e.V. is to support the structures in the local as well as international level in order to integrate children’s rights into society through projects.
A website as an information database is intended to provide visitors with even more intensive insight into the topic of human rights and thus to obtain further information.
Statute of the International WalRights Initiative e.V.
§ 1 Name of the association, registered office and financial year
The association is to be entered in the register of associations and is then called
International WalRights Initiative e.V.
It is based in Vaterstetten, Lkr. Ebersberg, Germany
The fiscal year is the calendar year.
§ 2 The purpose of the association is
(1a) the promotion of youth welfare, education, popular and vocational training, and development cooperation, as well as equal rights for women and men.
(1b) The association pursues the non-profit purpose of supporting and promoting the human rights education of children and young people.
(1c) The association acts according to the following guidelines:
The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education states the following:
“1. Everyone has the right to know, seek and receive information on all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and should have access to human rights education and training.”
This forms the basis for democratic action, because only if every person knows what rights he or she has, one can also respect these with regard to others. But this can only happen if everyone actually knows what it means to have the rights.
(1d) The purpose of the statute is realised in particular by the following points:
(a) children, young people and adults should be provided with materials for human rights education: for kindergartens, schools, other educational institutions,
(b) For the work with children and adolescents in kindergartens, schools, etc., practical training, further education and training for adults should be carried out.
(c) A dedicated website for children, adolescents and young adults on the Internet should be set up. This website is intended to serve as a platform for the human rights education of young people of different ages. It should not only be about individual rights, but above all about human rights-related issues.
(d) A network should be set up and formed for the purpose of jointly developing materials on the subject of human rights education
(e) Nationwide as well as international campaigns and projects will be initiated and carried out.
(f) Support for existing and planned projects to human rights education.
(g) Children and young people should receive advice in all situations of life.
(1e) In order to realise the purposes of the association, the association cooperates with national as well as international institutions, organisations and educational institutions.
(3) In order to carry out these above-mentioned purposes, the association may enter into cooperations with institutions. However, the decisions of the requests must be carried out at all times in accordance with fair and transparent principles.
(4) The network of the association serves the networking of actors and individuals in order to establish human rights education in the individual institutions – kindergartens, schools, other educational institutions – internationally, and to improve the quality standards where structures already exist.
§3 Use of funds
The association pursues exclusively and directly non-profit purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the Tax Code.
The association is selflessly active, it does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes.
Funds of the association may only be used for the statutory purposes. The members do not receive any donations from the funds of the association.
No person may be favoured by expenses that are alien to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high remuneration.
The association may not use its funds for the direct or indirect support or promotion of political parties.
The Board of Directors is generally active on a voluntary basis. The General Assembly may decide on an annual, appropriate flat-rate remuneration for members of the Executive Board.
Any natural or legal person who supports the goals of the association can become a member of the association.
The application for admission to the association must be addressed to the board. The board decides on the admission.
Membership ends by death, in the case of legal entities their extinction, resignation or exclusion.
The resignation must be declared in writing to the Executive Board. It is only permitted with a period of two months to the end of a calendar year.
A member can be excluded from the association if he has grossly violated the interests of the association or if he is in arrears with at least one annual fee of more than six months. The Executive Board decides on an exclusion. The party to be excluded shall be given the opportunity to comment before the decision is taken; exclusion due to default of payment must be threatened in writing with a notice period of three months.
The person concerned may lodge an appeal against the refusal of admission and against exclusion from the association within one month of receipt of the decision. The next general meeting will decide on the complaint. The appeal against the exclusion has suspensive effect.
The General Assembly may appoint any natural or legal person who has rendered particular service to the Association as an honorary member.
§5 Membership fee
A sum of money is collected from the members as a regular annual fee.
The amount and due date of the respective memberships – be it for the natural or legal persons – is determined by the General Assembly.
Honorary members have no contributions to make.
§6 Organs of the Association
Organs of the association are the board, the general meeting, the expert council and network.
§7 Board of Directors
The board of the association consists of up to six people, namely the 1st and the 2nd chairperson, the treasurer, the secretary and up to two assessors.
The association can be represented in and out of court by any member of the board.
The Board is elected by the General Assembly for a term of three years. The members of the Executive Board shall remain in office even after the expiry of their term of office until the successful election of the Executive Board. If a member of the Executive Board resigns during the term of office, the Executive Board may appoint a substitute member for the remainder of the term of office of the retiring member.
Only members are eligible.
§8 Responsibility of the Executive Board
The board is responsible for all matters of the association that are not assigned to another organ by current statutes. In particular, it shall have the following tasks:
- Preparation of the general meeting and preparation of the agenda,
- Convocation of the General Assembly,
- Execution of the resolutions of the General Assembly,
- Management of the association’s assets and accounting,
- preparation of annual budgets and annual reports,
- Resolution on the admission and exclusion of members.
- The unification of several board offices in one person is not permitted.
§9 Resolution of the Executive Board
The Executive Board takes its resolutions in board meetings or in writing.
Board meetings are to be convened by the 1st Chairperson, if he is prevented from attending, by the 2nd Chairperson in text form or (remotely) orally in compliance with a convocation period of one week. There is no need to communicate an agenda. The chairperson of the meeting is the 1st chairperson, if he or she is prevented from attending, the 2nd chairperson. In all other respects, the chairperson of the meeting is elected from among the members of the Board of Directors present.
The board has a quorum if at least two members are present. It shall decide by a simple majority of the valid votes cast. In the event of a tie, the vote of the chairperson of the meeting shall decide. The quorum of the Executive Board does not presuppose that all Board offices have been filled.
Minutes of the board meetings must be recorded, which should include the place and time of the meeting, the names of the participants, resolutions taken and the result of the vote. The minutes are for evidentiary purposes.
A resolution of the Board of Directors may be passed outside a meeting, orally, in writing, by e-mail or by other means of electronic communication, if all Members of the Board of Management declare their consent to the resolution.
§10 General Assembly
The General Assembly is responsible for the following matters:
- Election and dismissal of the members of the Board of Management and the auditors,
- Resolution on amendments to the Articles of Association,
- Resolution on the dissolution of the association,
- determination of the amount and due date of the annual contribution,
- Resolution on complaints against the rejection of an application for membership and against an exclusion resolution of the Executive Board,
- appointment of honorary members,
- Approval of the budget and receipt of the annual report and other reports of the Executive Board,
- Discharge of the Executive Board.
- Once a year, preferably in the first quarter of a year, the ordinary general meeting of the association takes place. Further (extraordinary) general meetings are to be convened if it is the interest of the association or if the convening of one fifth of the members is requested in writing by the Executive Board, stating the purpose and reasons.
Minutes of the resolutions of the General Assembly must be recorded, which must be signed by the chairperson of the meeting and the recorder. The recorder is the secretary, and if he is prevented from attending, the meeting appoints the recorder. The minutes shall contain the place and time of the meeting, the number of members present, the chairperson of the meeting and recorder, the agenda, the resolutions taken, including the type of vote and the results of the vote.
The general meeting can take place or be carried out physically as well as virtually. This is possible for the founding meeting, as well as all ordinary and extraordinary general meetings.
§11 Convocation of the General Assembly
The General Assembly is to be convened by the Executive Board with a notice period of two weeks. The convocation shall be made in writing to the last address provided in writing by the member, stating the agenda. Members who have provided the association with an e-mail address may also be loaded electronically by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address last communicated in text form, unless the member has communicated otherwise in text form. The notice period begins on the day following the sending of the invitation.
Any member may request that further matters be subsequently placed on the agenda. If such a request is received in writing by the Executive Board no later than one week before the day of the General Assembly, the agenda must be supplemented accordingly at the beginning of the General Assembly. If it is entered later or if it is only presented at the General Assembly, the General Assembly decides on the admission.
§12 Resolution of the General Assembly
The general meeting has a quorum if at least a quarter of all members of the association are present. In the event of a quorum, the Executive Board must convene a second General Assembly with the same agenda within one month. This second general meeting has a quorum regardless of the number of members of the association who have appeared, if this has been pointed out in the invitation . In all other respects, the general cargo regulations shall apply to their cargo.
The general meeting is chaired by the 1st chairperson, in case of his hindrance by the 2nd chairperson. If the 2nd chairperson is also unable to attend, the assembly appoints the chairperson of the meeting. In the case of elections, the leadership of the meeting may be delegated to another member of the association or to an election committee for the duration of the ballot and the previous debate.
In the General Assembly, each (honorary) member has one vote. The type of vote is determined by the chairperson of the meeting. However, the vote must be carried out in writing if at least one quarter of the voting members present at the vote so request.
Unless expressly stated otherwise in the current statutes, the General Assembly shall pass resolutions by a simple majority of the votes cast. Abstentions shall be deemed not to have been cast. However, a majority of three quarters of the votes cast is required for:
- the amendment of the Articles of Association,
- the dissolution of the association,
- the admission of subsequent requests to supplement the agenda.
For elections, the provisions on decision-making shall apply mutatis mutandis. The chairperson of the meeting may determine that several offices to be elected are voted on in one ballot.
However, if no candidate achieves an absolute majority in the first ballot, the election must be repeated.
If no candidate achieves an absolute majority in the second ballot, a simple majority is sufficient in the third and in subsequent ballots. If no candidate achieves a majority even after at least three rounds of voting, the chairperson of the meeting may determine that the lot decides.
§13 Cash management
The treasurer has to keep a record of the cash transactions and prepare an annual account.
The annual accounts are audited by two auditors, who are elected by the General Assembly. For their election, eligibility and term of office, the provisions for members of the Executive Board apply accordingly. The
Audited annual accounts must be submitted to the General Assembly for resolution.
§14 Data protection
Within the scope of member administration and for the fulfilment of the purposes and tasks of the association, the following data is collected from the members and processed and stored within the framework of membership:
- Date of birth
- E-mail address
- Bank account.
§15 Expert Council
An expert council may be set up. This has the task of advising and accompanying the association in special areas through professional and scientific expertise. It is usually appointed for five years. A further appeal is possible.
A network can and should be established to improve the quality of human rights education. Science and practice should work together to integrate human rights education in the individual educational institutions internationally and to bring human rights closer to children, adolescents and young adults through project work. This is indispensable for a successful democratic coexistence.
§17 Dissolution of the Association
The dissolution of the association can only be decided in a general meeting convened for this purpose.
In the event of the dissolution of the association or the discontinuation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the association shall be assigned to a legal entity under public law or another tax-privileged corporation for the purpose of use for the promotion of development cooperation.
Liquidators are the 1st and 2nd chairpersons as liquidators with individual power of representation, unless the meeting decides otherwise.