In the Name of God, the Almighty
International Union of NGOs Defending Palestinian Rights
In view of the continued and escalating massacre and aggressions of the Zionist regime against the human rights of the Palestinian nation especially women and children in occupied Palestine and owing to the need for an effective instrument at regional and global levels for protection and defending the rights of Palestinians and upon the request of several NGOS the establishment of the "International Union of NGOs Defending Palestinian Rights" seems both timely and inevitable.
Continued violation of the human rights of the Palestinian nation and of fundamental principles and rights stipulated on the basic human rights universal declaration and international conventions is one of the most important concerns of the international community.
Cultural centers, the media and NGOs may play effective role in revealing these crimes. The basic mandate of the union is to co-ordinate solidarity work internationally, too.
Facilitate constructive and effective dialogue and exchange of views among NGOs working to defend the rights of Palestinian nation and to prevent brutal actions against them and to support the aspiration of the Palestinian nation to restore their land and occupied holy places.
Chapter 1- Generalities
The name of the body shall be International Union of NGOs Defending Palestinian Rights, which shall be hereinafter referred as "the Union"
The Union is a non – profit foundation that has independent juridical personality from the date of registration and is established for an indefinite duration.
Until the holding of the first general congress that shall decide on establishment of the permanent, secretariat of the union and agree upon its rotating term of office, the temporary secretariat shall continue its activities in Tehran with the aim of facilitating all actions relating to the establishment of the Union .
The Union may take actions to register and carry out legal formalities for its headquarters in the host country.
The Union may establish offices in the host or other countries with due respect to laws and regulations governing that country.
Ways of membership: -Honorary members
Conditions for membership in the Union are to accept the general principles and basic goals of the statute.
Procedures for membership at the Union are as follows:
- submitting membership application to the Secretariat
- Being qualified by the Board of Trustees.
-In the initial stages of the establishment of the Union, the applications for membership shall be reviewed and decided upon by the Founding Board.
Membership in the Union shall be terminated in one of the following cases after being approved by two-thirds of the Congress:
- Being absent in two consecutive meetings of the General Congress without any justified reason.
- Presenting a written resignation which requires an acceptance from the Board of the Trustees.
- Emergence of contrast between the activities of the NGOs and objectives of the Union.
- Launching activities contrary to the purposes of the Union after being accepted as a member of the Union.
Chapter 2 – The Aims of the Union
Aims of the Union are:
- To support and defend the Palestinian nation materialize, promote and sustain their right of self-determinating their own fate, and to revive their civil and political rights.
- To revive their economic, social and cultural rights
- To support the rights of return to home of Palestinians.
- To establish an independent Palestine state with Beit-al-Moqaddas as its capital.
- To globalize the Palestinian crises through:
- Proper continuous dissemination of information
- and attracting the support and using all active and potential capacities of the governmental and non-governmental organizations at national, regional and international levels.
-To alleviate the human suffering of the Palestinian nation
- To mobilize the humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian nation through philanthropic organization.
Chapter 3 –Approaches
- To achieve its above mentioned objectives, the Union shall take into consideration all legal facilities and means, including:
- Preparation of programs, plans and statistics required for the activities of the Union.
- Holding local and international seminars and conferences, arranging visits to exchange views on ways of achieving greater solidarity, and laying the ground for further cooperation among NGOs world – wide.
-Using all mass media, radio, television, satellite communication systems and the internet to raise public awareness concerning the tragic condition of the Palestinian nation and the massive violations of human rights in Occupied Palestine.
- Recognizing the right of Palestinian nation in international and legal centers.
Chapter 4 –Approaches
The organs of the Union are:
- General Congress
- Board of Trustees
- Secretariat (Secretary General)
- Advisory board and permanent committees
The General Congress is the highest authority in the Union and is composed of all registered Members of the Union.
The Congress meets once in four years and the Secretary General presides its meeting.
The congress elects the presiding Board from its members.
The General Congress is responsible for:
- Approving, rejecting and changing any terms of the statute by the two-third majority of the members of the Union
- Appointing and dismissing of members of the Board of Trustees
- Appointing and dismissing of the Secretary General.
- Introducing, rejecting, approving or changing of general strategies and programs of the union electing of the supervisory board.
Two-Thirds of the members of the board of Trustees are elected by the General Congress but the Congress can dismiss all members of the Board of Trustees.
The General congress has the right to hold extra ordinary meetings requested by two- thirds of the Union members or approved by two-thirds of the members of the Board of Trustees.
Secretary General may propose a nominee as his Deputy to the Congress and in case of approval he will serve as the acting president.
Board of Trustees
The board, the top authority in the space between the two congresses, is composed of 19 members with the required experience and ability to realize the aims of the Union.
The term of membership in the board is four years.
The Board elects the president and the vice-president from among its members.
The board can form committees comprising its members or other persons as required. The activities of the committees should correspond to the aims approved by the Board.
Two-Thirds of the board's members are elected by the General Congress and remaining one-third of members shall be from amongst thinkers, activists, and prominent researchers.
If the latest Secretary General not succeeded to be elected again, he will be one of the members of the remaining one-third (Article 19) of the Board.
The remaining one-third (Article 19) of the Board shall be elected on the advise of the Board members plus one.
The functions of the Board of Trustees are:
-To under take all activities aimed at realizing the objectives of the Union.
-To introduce, reject or approve economic, social, political and cultural activities of the Union.
-To review all proposals and suggestions received by the Union.
-To establish affiliated organizations, missions, committees and institutions.
-To introduce, reject or approve membership fees for the Union.
The board shall meet in regular annual sessions in the latter part of August and in such special occasions as sessions may require, the Board shall also decide to fix date and ways of holding the meeting.
The Board may call on its members to convene extraordinary session at the request of the Secretary General.
The sessions of the Board are formally constituted by the attendance of a majority of its members.
The decisions of the Board are taken by simple majority of members present.
The Board elects a president from among its members whose functions are:
- To discharge any other duty assigned to him/her.
-The Board elects the vice-president who assumes the responsibilities of the president in his absence.
Until the election of the Board in the first General Congress of Union, the Founding Board shall undertake responsibilities.
-The Secretariat is the highest executive unit in the Union. The Secretary General presides over the Secretariat.
- The Secretary General is chosen and appointed by the Board of Trustees from among members of the General Congress with the approval of a simple majority of members present and voting.
- The duties of the Secretary General include:
- Responsibility for action and activities of the Union
- Presiding over the secretariat, signing of letters and communications, representing the Union in all international and legal forums.
- Ensuring proper implementation of decisions by the Board.
- Choosing his deputies
- Introducing, rejecting and approving the structure of the secretariat.
The Secretary General shall be accountable to the Board of Trustees.
The term of office for the Secretary General shall be four years. In the case of absence, resignation or death of the Secretary General, the deputy Secretary- General shall assume his duties.
The Secretary General may choose his/her deputies in which their number and the organizational chart to be approved by the Board of Trustees.
The tasks of the Secretariat include:
- Carrying out operational activities in accordance with approved plans.
- Preparing internal rules and administrative and financial procedures.
- Establishment of subsidiary department and offices, putting into effect decisions of the Union and taking all steps necessary to strengthen the Union.
The first session of the General Congress shall decide on establishment of the permanent seat of the Union.
Until the first convocation of the General Congress, the temporary secretariat in Tehran shall take all necessary measures and decisions relating to establishment of the Union.
Advisory board and permanent committees:
In order to help the Secretary General and the various organs of the Union to discharge their duties, the Secretariat may establish an advisory board and permanent committees within the limit of its executive powers under the direct supervision of the Secretary General.
Chapter 5 –Financial resources
The financial resources of the Union are:
- Subscription from its members
- Contributions and donation from private institutions and semi-governmental and charitable organizations and untied grants by governments.
- Contributions from private individuals.
- Proceeds from activities of the Union.
The Board of Trustees will decide on ways of receiving public assistance and will prepare a list of organizations which may help and a list of those bodies that are not allowed to help with financial assistance.
Chapter 6 –Board of observers
- The board of observers oversees activities of all Organs of the Union, the Board of Trustees, the Secretary General, the secretariat- and reports to the congress in case of violation of deviation from the aims of the Union.
-Condition for membership at the board of observers is:
-At the first congress, upon proposal of the Founding members, members of the Board of observers are chosen on the merit of their experience, and the required ability to oversee the activities of the Union.
In the subsequent years after the congress, they are chosen directly by the congress.
The board of observers will be composed of seven persons appointed with a term of membership of four years.
The duties of the board of observers include;
- Overseeing the performance of all organs of the Union
- Reviewing all activities of the organs of the Union with the aim of preventing violations of and deviations from the general aims and principles set forth in the Statute.
Convening extraordinary meeting after the approval of two- thirds of the members of the board of Observers
The Board has the rights to investigate, review and question all organs of the Union. It has full autonomy in its overseeing function including decision-making and executive duties.
Chapter 7 –Amendment of Statute and Dissolution
The General Congress shall approve this statute by a simple majority of members present.
The present statute may be amended on the initiative of the Board of Trustees and by the decision of the majority 2/3 of members.
The Union's dissolution will be procured by the highest authority in the following ranking order: the General Congress, the Board of Trustees and in the absence of the Board of Trustees, the Board of observers.
In case of dissolution all the assets and the balance in bank accounts shall be transferred to organizations that have the same aims as the Union.
The present statute written in Arabic, English and Farsi texts which are equally authentic, includes 7 sections and 44 articles was approved by the General Congress on…