October 2th, 2003
OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIETY OF UZBEKISTAN
I. GENERAL REGULATIONS
1.1 Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (abbreviated as HRSU) is a social organization of citizens. The mission of the organization is to defend the rights and freedoms of individuals in political, economic, social, cultural and other spheres of life, recognized and proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.
1.2 The sphere of activities of HRSU covers the whole territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
1.3 HRSU is formed and carries on its activities on the voluntary basis, on the basis of equity among its members, self-regulation, legality, publicity and within the frames of the Laws and Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan (in accordance with the laws of Karakalpak Republic within the territory of Karakalpakistan). The Society is independent, non-governmental social organization, independent from any kinds of social-political organizations and government bodies. HRSU does not carry on the functions of government organs.
II. MAIN TASKS AND ACTIVITIES
2.1 Conducting of researches on problems concerning the formation of a democratic state, that functions in accordance with law, human rights and freedoms of individuals, law and order, legality, as well as propaganda of these ideas.
2.2 Organization of social expertise (or participation in it) of legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan and practice of their application to the subject of their correspondence to the norms of a democratic state and international agreements.
Working out of (or participation in working out) projects on laws and regulations (or amendments and attachments to them) aiming to bring the acting legislation and its practical application in accordance with the above mentioned norms. Introducing of elaborated projects and proposals to competent organs of legislative, initiative, government and state bodies.
2.3 Publication of newspapers, magazines, bulletins, leaflets, brochures, books, etc., in all spheres of activities of the HRSU.
2.4 Cooperation with mass-media, social-political and international organizations, especially with human rights organizations.
2.5 Participation in social-political life of the Republic of Uzbekistan and in election campaigns within legal frames.
2.6 Collection of information concerning the situation of human rights in Uzbekistan and organization of legal, moral and material aid to those, whose rights have been violated.
III. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE SOCIETY
3.1 HRSU consists of primary groups, regional and municipal organizations and Guiding Bodies (Kurultay, Governing Body, inspection commission).
3.2 The Supreme Organ of HRSU is Kurultay (Congress), called at least one time in 2 years. Extraordinary Kurultay is called if 1/3 or more members vote for it (or with decision of the Governing Body). The delegates are sent by the regional organizations of HRSU to take part in Kurultay in accordance with quotas fixed by Governing Body (or by initiative group of extraordinary Kurultay) taking into consideration the total number of the members of HRSU in corresponding organizations.
3.3 The Guiding Bodies of the Society (Chairman, General Secretary, Governing Body and Inspection Commission) are elected by Kurultay and their commissions will be valid until the next Kurultay is held.
3.4 Educating of HRSU members, confirming and updating of the charter of HRSU are strictly in the competence of the Kurultay.
3.5 The Governing Body of HRSU organizes no less than one meeting within every 3 months. It is empowered to solve all the questions concerning the activities of HRSU that are out of the competence of Kurultay, Chairman and the General Secretary.
3.6 All the regional organizations of HRSU have the right to hold meetings with participation of more than half of their members. Decision is reached if more than half of the participating members vote for it. Decision may also be reached without holding any meeting if more than half of the members of corresponding organization agreed with it.
3.7 Guiding Bodies (Governing Body, Inspection Commission) of HRSU are situated in Tashkent.
3.8 Chairman of HRSU has the right to solve all the questions concerning all the activities of HRSU, except those which were mentioned in this charter as within the competence of other bodies. He has the right to enter into contact with any social organizations, government organs, and make reports and sign decisions accepted by Kurultay and Guiding organs on behalf of the Society. He organizes preparatory works for the meetings of Guiding bodies and Kurultay. He is commissioned to plan and implement the work and strive for the observation of the charter of HRSU. Chairman of the Society can temporarily lay his duties (or part of them) on General Secretary or corresponding Secretaries (in accordance with the spheres of activities they are considered responsible for) of the Society.
General Secretary is responsible for organization and control of execution of decisions of Kurultay and Governing Body. He is responsible for directing the activities of secretaries.
Secretaries are elected by the Guiding Bodies. The number of Secretaries to be elected and their sphere of activities are also determined by the Guiding Bodies.
3.9 Inspection Commission of HRSU controls administrative and financial activities of its organs and the activities of leaders of the Society and reports on these issues to Kurultay (moreover, he informs the Governing Body and the members of the Society). Chairman of the Inspection Commission is elected by Kurultay with competence until the next Kurultay to be held.
3.10 The Supreme Organ of the regional organizations is Conference (Kurultay, meeting called once a year. Extraordinary conference is hold if at least 1/3 part of the members of the Society vote for it.
The Chairman, Governing Body, Inspection Commission are elected by the Conference (Kurultay, meeting), whose commissions will be valid until the next Conference (Kurultay, meeting). The Governing Body elects the deputies of chairman (or secretaries) of the corresponding organization. Regional Organizations and their chairmen have the commissions to solve all the questions, that are not considered as the commissions of other organs and leaders of the organization. They have the commissions to implement decisions of HRSU in their regions, accepting or withdrawal of members, etc.
3.11 The primary groups of HRSU are formed in accordance with the place of residence with at least 3 members, and are registered in Regional Branches of Organizations. The governing bodies of these organizations are elected for a year, and they organize their work in accordance with their commission (thus, in accordance with the questions that are not considered as the commissions of other organizations of HRSU). They implement the execution of decisions at the place of residence made by the higher organs of the organization such as accepting new members or other activities in accordance with the charter of HRSU.
IV. MEMBERSHIP TO HRSU
4.1 Membership to HRSU is on voluntary basis. Any person who meets the below mentioned requirements may become a member of the Society:
a) be the citizen of the Republic of Uzbekistan or any other foreign country(as well as people with no citizenship may become members of the Society);
b) be at least 16 years old, irrespectively of his/her race, nationality, religion, etc., who admits this charter of HRSU.
4.2 In order to become the member of HRSU, one must apply to preliminary, regional, or Republican branch of HRSU with a written request. The membership is confirmed with participation in the activities of the Society.
4.3 Any member of the Society may leave HRSU by applying to the corresponding organization of the Society with a written request.
4.4 The member of HRSU has the right to:
– take part in the activities of the Society within the frames of this Charter;
– elect and be elected to the Guiding Body of the Society;
– be defended and helped by HRSU in case of persecution for his/her human rights defending activities.
4.5 The member of HRSU has to:
– follow this charter in his/her activities;
– take part in the activities of the Society;
– the member of the Society can not appear, speak, or deliver information on behalf of the Society without having commissions for that.
4.6 The members of the Society, who have violated the charter of HRSU, or who have used violence or call for violence in their activities may be exiled from the Society with the decision of Kurultay, Governing Body or Governing Bodies of regional branches of organization.
V. FINANCIAL MEANS AND PROPERTY OF THE HRSU
5.1 Financial means of the Society are formed within legal frames from voluntary contributions of citizens, organizations, firms and other institutions, as well as from means obtained as a result of the activities such as publication, propaganda or organization of parties, concerts, etc.
5.2 HRSU may possess property or means both in the form of gifts or in the form of assets obtained legally.
5.3 HRSU uses its means and property independently for implementing the tasks and mission of the Society.
5.4 HRSU keeps its financial means in Banks.
5.5 All the documents related with finance are to be signed by the Chairman (of HRSU or regional branch of the organization) or by those, who were given commission by the Governing Body of the Society or regional branches of HRSU.
5.6 Members of the Governing Body, Inspection Commission, Guiding Organs of regional branches, who are not included in the staff of the Society, implement their tasks on a voluntary basis.
5.7 Chairman, General Secretary and Secretaries, Chairmen of Regional Branches of the Society or other members of the Society may be included in the staff of HRSU with salaries.
VI. JURIDICAL STATUS OF THE HRSU
6.1 HRSU and its regional branches have the status of juridical body.
6.2 HRSU and its regional branches have their own signs and stamps.
6.3 The activity of HRSU may be ceased with the decision of Kurultay, if 2/3 or more of the participating delegates vote for it, or with the decision of the Court. In this case the financial means, and the property of HRSU will be used for the purposes indicated in the CHARTER of HRSU.
VII. THE PROCEDURE OF ADOPTION OF CHARTER AND AMENDMENTS
7.1 The charter of the organization, changes and amendments to it should be confirmed by the Kurultay.
7.2 The Guiding Body may move amendments or changes to the charter of HRSU during the registration and re-registration in the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan to bring it to conformity with the acting legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan or with the suggestion of the Ministry of Justice with further confirmation of it during the Kurultay.
This Charter of the HRSU was accepted during the 1st Kurultay (constituent) of the HRSU, held on February 2, 1992 and with amendments to it during the 2nd Kurultay of the organization, held on September 7, 1996.
GENERAL SECRETARY OF HRSU