STATUTE

of the Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine

 

I. Status, title, area of activity and location of the Coalition.

 

1. Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine (referred to below as “Coalition”) is an all-Ukrainian union, comprising civil society organizations (charities, civic and other organizations), as well as individual experts, striving to overcome discrimination in all social spheres and regarding all persons.

 

2. The Coalition was originally founded as a national non-governmental civic human rights initiative by Ukrainian non-governmental organizations signing a special Memorandum <http://www.antidi.org.ua/en/memorandum/> on 5 April 2011.

 

3. Legally, the Coalition conducts its activities according to the legislation as a union of citizens’ associations.

 

4. The Coalition can be registered as a legal entity on the grounds of it own relevant decision, adopted by the general convention of the Coalition.

 

5. The Coalition’s denominations:

 

5.1. full - All-Ukrainian human rights union “Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine”,

 

5.2. short – AHRU “Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine”.

 

6. The Coalition’s titles:

 

6.1. full - Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine,

 

6.2. short – CCD.

 

7. The Coalition acts on the territory of Ukraine in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine.

 

8. Location of the Coalition is the City of Kyiv.

 

9. Location’s address is determined by the Coordination Council of the Coalition.

 

 

II. The Coalition’s goal and main objectives

 

10. The Coalition’s goal is promotion of the principle of civic equality’s enforcement in Ukraine for all persons, disregarding certain social (group) or individual traits recognized in the international, European and national law as grounds for protection from discrimination; assistance to the development, enlargement and improvement of the human rights and liberties’ protection system in Ukraine, further development of human rights movement and civil society; representation, fulfilment and protection of its members’ interests.

 

11. Coalition’s main objectives:

 

11.1. assistance to the adoption of the framework anti-discrimination law which aims at detailing and developing of the normative and procedural foundations for combating discrimination in Ukraine;

 

11.2. unification of key terms and definitions in the field of combating discrimination in the Ukrainian law and their harmonization with the law of the European Union;

 

11.3. introduction of the most comprehensive yet open list of timely, explicitly defined grounds protected from discrimination to the national law;

 

11.4. promotion of knowledge and skills of individuals from various social and professional groups in the area of anti-discrimination advocacy initiatives.

 

12. Other Coalition's objectives are specified in the Coalition’s special program papers.

 

13. Grounds, on which the Coalition suggests discrimination be prohibited, include:

 

13.1. race and skin colour (the term “race” is used in order to ensure that persons who are erroneously perceived as belonging to a certain race, are protected from discrimination; Coalition rejects any theories based on existence of different “races” or attempts to single out and separate “races”);

 

13.2. ethnic origin;

 

13.3. language;

 

13.4. nationality (including statelessness or dual (multiple) citizenship);

 

13.5. sex (discrimination on the ground of sex covers, inter alia, discrimination on such related grounds as pregnancy, childbirth or maternity);

 

13.6. age;

 

13.7. sexual orientation (sexual orientation means heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual orientation and corresponding sexual behaviour);

 

13.8. gender identity (discrimination on the ground of gender identity includes discrimination on the ground that a person wants to undergo or has undergone sex reassignment procedure);

 

13.9. health grounds (including HIV status);

 

13.10. disability (disability means actual or presumed serious functional limitation due to physical or mental illness or certain genetic shortcoming which exists at present, or existed previously, or might appear in the future);

 

13.11. creed (creed means professing any conventional religion, a non-conventional religious belief, or holding a similar in nature system of philosophical world-view, as well as membership of a religious community or organization);

 

13.12. political and other convictions;

 

13.13. social status;

 

13.14. property status;

 

13.15. family status (family status means marital status, factual marriage or cohabitation, and a caring responsibility for offsprings or parents, including grandchildren and grandparents, adoptive parent, adopted child, and for other relatives inclusive of those who are dependent due to age or a disability);

 

13.16. residence (including absence of formal residence registration, residence in rural/urban area);

 

13.17. occupation (including one which brings about responsibility according to the law);

 

13.18. membership of political parties, citizens’ associations or trade unions;

 

13.19. criminal record, past imprisonment;

 

13.20. other grounds established by the law of Ukraine, international treaties ratified by the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine, or international legal instruments that do not require ratification.

 

III. Membership of the Coalition

 

14. Those who can become members, or participants, of the Coalition, are civic and charitable organizations, registered in Ukraine according to the legislation, other civil society organizations, as well as individual experts on the Coalition’s areas of activity, - which express their readiness to take part in Coalition activity according to this Statute.

 

15. In order to become a member of the Coalition:

 

15.1. an organization submits an application on joining the Coalition together with a protocol (an excerpt from protocol) containing relevant decision of an authorized governing statutory body of the applicant organization,

 

15.2. an individual expert submits a personal written application, a CV and a list of publications (if any) on the Coalition’s areas of activity.

 

16. The Coalition decides on granting membership to an applicant on the ground of documents submitted by him/her, and if two positive recommendations from actual members of the Coalition are provided.

 

17. If two positive recommendations regarding the applicant’s acceptance are not provided, an applicant can be admitted to the Coalition as an observer (holding a right to take part in discussions, working out decisions, but with no voting rights).

 

18. Coalition members have to execute duties assigned to them by the Coalition.

 

19. Member’s withdrawal from the Coalition takes place: in case of an organization member – on the ground of the relevant decision of its authorized governing statutory body; in case of an individual member – on the ground of a personal reasoned statement, - from the day when such a decision is made known to the Coalition.

 

20. Coalition member can be expelled by the decision of the majority of other Coalition members.

 

 

 

IV. The Coalition’s organizational structure

 

21. The highest Coalition governing body is the general convention of the Coalition, which works in the way of physical gathering or by electronic communication.

 

22. Permanently acting governing body of the Coalition is the Coalition’s Coordination Council (referred to below as CoordCouncil).

 

23. The CoordCouncil consists of three persons, who ex officio are the Coalition co-chairs.

 

24. The Coalition's executive officials are: co-chairs of the Coalition, Coalition’s secretary and local coordinators of the Coalition.

 

25. The Coalition’s co-chairs are elected by the Coalition's general convention from the representatives of the Coalition member organizations or the Coalition individual members.

 

26. Organizational and technical support of the Coalition’s activity is carried out by the secretariat, managed by the Coalition’s secretary.

 

27. The Coalition secretary is appointed and discharged by the CoordCouncil.

 

28. The Coalition sets up, if needed, permanent or temporary bodies in order to act in specific areas of work or execute specific tasks.

 

29. Experts on the Coalition’s areas of activity form the Expert Council, which acts in the framework of the Coalition. Activity of the Coalition’s Expert Council is regulated by the special statute adopted by the CoordCouncil.

 

30. The general convention’s functions and competencies:

 

30.1. admission of new members into the Coalition:

 

30.2. adoption of the Coalition’s Statute, introduction of changes to it;

 

30.3. adoption of the Coalition’s external documents, addressed to the stated and local authorities, social and political actors (the negative vote regarding such an adoption is counted if dissenting arguments are presented; if the arguments are presented or not is decided by the CoordCouncil;

 

30.4. adoption of the specific policy documents of the Coalition;

 

30.5. decisions regarding expulsion of the Coalition members from its ranks.

 

31. The Coalition’s co-chairs functions and competencies:

 

31.1. representation of the Coalition in relations with third parties, including speaking on behalf of the Coalition in its communication messages, as well as in media communications;

 

31.2. action without specific authorisation on behalf of the Coalition;

 

31.3. signing the Coalition’s external documents;

 

31.4. involvement of new members to the Coalition;

 

31.5. co-chairing the off-line general convention of the Coalition;

 

31.6. attending, on behalf of the Coalition, of the relevant events (conferences, meetings, seminars etc.);

 

31.7. securing, together with the Coalition’s secretariat, of its decisions’ implementation.

 

32. The CoordCouncil’s functions and competencies:

 

32.1. provision of the Coalition’s consent to the partner organizations or individual actors to hold their specific events under the auspices of the Coalition in the context of the goal and objectives of the Coalition;

 

32.2. adoption (approval) of the project proposals aimed at the projects’ realization under the auspices of the Coalition, including those concerning the organizational development of the Coalition itself;

 

32.3. election of the CoordCouncil’s head from its members;

 

32.4. adoption of the Statute of the Coalition’s Expert Council, introduction of changes to it;

 

32.5. gathering of the off-line general convention of the Coalition;

 

32.6. approval of the communication messages (press-announcements, press-releases etc.) disseminated in media on behalf of the Coalition;

 

32.7. interpretation of this Statute’s clauses.

 

33. The Coalition’s co-chairs independently decide upon their areas of competencies (split the Coalition’s co-chairs competencies among themselves) on the grounds of the written agreements between themselves.

 

34. The CoordCouncil independently decides upon the procedure of its work.

 

35. The CoordCouncil has a right to put issues in its area of competencies for discussion on the Coalition’s electronic mailing list in order to take the Coalition membership’s opinion into account.

 

36. The Coalition’s secretary ensures that the Coalition’s activity is documented, as well as manages the administration of the Coalition’s e-mail group, set up on Google platform (referred to below as “the Coalition’s e-mail group”).

 

37. The Coalition’s local coordinators are appointed by the CoordCouncil in order to represent the Coalition and coordinate its work on a regional (local) level. The Coalition’s local coordinators report to the CoordCouncil.

 

 

V. Member organizations’ representation in the Coalition

 

38. Each Coalition member organization is represented in the Coalition by its authorised representative, such as the head of the organization or its other representative, appointed by the organization in writing.

 

39. Authorised member organizations’ representatives are the Coalition’s personal members.

 

40. Organization which takes part in the Coalition can replace its representative (individual Coalition’s member) by informing the Coalition about such replacement in writing.

 

41. In order to replace the Coalition’s personal members for the time of their absence or in case of them in person not being able to take part in the Coalition’s work, as well as to assist the personal members in their Coalition work, the relevant member organizations appoint deputies of the Coalition’s personal members (not more than one deputy for each of the Coalition’s personal member).

 

VI. Procedure of the decision-making and implementation of the Coalition’s decisions

 

42. The parties in the decision-making process at the level of the Coalition’s general convention are the Coalition’s personal members or their deputies, according to the principle “one member organization – one vote”, as well as the Coalition’s individual members, who possess one vote each.

 

43. The Coalition’s decisions at the level of the Coalition’s general convention are adopted by consensus, which is understood as the absence of negative votes (apart from decisions regarding expulsion of organizations from the Coalition which is adopted according to p.20 of this Statute, and taking into account reservations contained in point 30.3 of this Statute).

 

44. The Coalition’s general convention works continuously in the format of the Coalition’s e-mail group, as well as convene off-line while necessary.

 

45. Off-line general convention is authorized if the majority of the Coalition members are represented. In case not more than half of the membership takes part in the off-line general convention, such off-line general convention’s decisions are subject to approval via the Coalition’s e-mail group.

 

46. The issues are put to the vote in the Coalition’s e-mail group by any Coalition’s co-chair, including – by the suggestion of the Coalition’s members.

 

47. The term for discussion and voting regarding the issue put for consideration of the Coalition’s general convention in the Coalition’s e-mail group, is five calendar days, where the first is the day when the issue was put for discussion or voting.

 

48. The Coalition’s off-line general conventions are documented by the separate protocols.

 

49. The work of the Coalition’s general convention in the mode of the Coalition’s e-mail group is documented (if the Coalition took any decisions) for the period which does not exceed three months.

 

50. The Coalition’s outgoing documents are prepared by the Coalition’s secretariat and should be approved by the CoordCouncil.

 

 

VII. The Coalition’s external representation

 

51. The right to speak on behalf of the Coalition belongs to the Coalition’s general convention, CoordCouncil, each of the co-chairs separately, as well as the Coalition’s spokesperson in case s/he will be appointed in the framework of the Coalition’s secretariat.

 

52. CoordCouncil can delegate the right to speak on behalf of the Coalition regarding specific subject or at the specific event to a party, other than defined by the previous paragraph, by its own decision, which is made known to the Coalition in outline.

 

 

VIII. The Coalition’s economic activity

 

53. As a union of citizens’ associations, registered by the procedure of informing about its foundation, the Coalition does not possess its own funds and property, and does not conduct any economic activity.

 

54. Material and technical support of the Coalition’s activity can be a subject to social projects undertaken by its member organizations or by external donor organizations.

 

 

IX. Introduction of changes to the Statute of the Coalition

 

55. Changes to this Statute can be introduced by the general convention of the Coalition according to the procedure set in the Section VI of this Statute.

 

 

X. The liquidation of the Coalition

 

56. The Coalition can be liquidated (dissolved, terminated) by its own decision or otherwise according to the legislation of Ukraine.

 

57. The Coalition is considered to be out of existence in case it has less than three members (participants) left.