I. Name, Domicile and Aim
Art. 1 Name
KurdAid is an association in accordance with art. 60-79 of
the Swiss Civil Code (known as ZGB). KurdAid is a non-political
and non-religious association.
Art. 2 Domicile
The Domicile of KurdAid is located in Zurich in Switzerland.
Art. 3 Aim
The aim of KurdAid is to counteract poverty in Kurdistan. In
this sense projects will be developed or assisted, which enable
people, particularly women, children and youngsters and the
disabled, to have a humane life.
KurdAid intends to encourage long-term and self-supporting
projects on site.
KurdAid has no commercial gaols.
II. Organisation and authorisations
Art. 4 Members
Natural persons and legal bodies can at any time become members
of the association, provided they accept the statutes and promote
Art. 5 Acceptance and exclusion
The executive board decides unanimously about the acceptance
of new members.
An exclusion of a member will only take place by the general
assembly and at the request of the executive board.
Art. 6 Withdrawal
Members can at any time leave the association.
Art. 7 Contributions
These will be determined annually by the general assembly of
the Association. However they amount at the most to 100 Swissfranks.
Art. 8 The organs of the association are:
- general assembly
- executive board
- board of control
Art. 9 General assembly
The general assembly is the supreme organ of the association.
Ordinary general assemblies take place annually and in the
first half of the year.
An extraordinary general assembly can be called by the executive
board or by written request of one fifth (1/5) of the members.
Art.10 Procedure for calling a general assembly
The executive board sends every member at least 3 weeks before
the date of the assembly a written invitation with a declaration
of the agenda.
An expansion of the agenda by members is possible, when the
concerned request reaches the executive board at least one week
before the date of the assembly.
Art.11 Authorisations of the general assembly
The general assembly is authorised to control all actions taken
place by other organs.
The general assembly decides on:
- election of the president and other members of the executive
board as well as the members of the board of control
- dismissal of the president and other members of the executive
board as well as the members of the board of control at any
time on reason
- requests of members and that of the executive board
- acceptance of the annual report and the annual accounts
- acceptance of the annual report of the board of control
- acceptance of the budget
- determination of the contributions of members
- changing the statutes
- fusion or dissolving the association
The president of the executive board chairs the general assembly.
Normally elections and ballots take place openly. By request
the votes can also be submitted in written form.
The decisions are made by a majority of the voters. At a parity
of votes the president has the final ballot.
For a change of the statutes two third (2/3) of the votes are
Art.13 Executive board
The executive board is elected by the general assembly for
a period of two years in office. Reelection is permitted.
The executive board consists of four persons: the president,
the vice-president, the actuary and the treasurer. The board
The members of the executive board are honorary and are in
principle only entitled to their effective expenses incurred.
In cases of absence the vice-president takes over the duties
of the president.
The executive board has the right and the obligation to manage
all the affairs and to represent the association both in accordance
with the authorisations, which are granted to him by the general
Legally binding signatures are to be given by the president
of the executive board and the treasurer individually.
Art.15 Authorisations of the executive board
The executive board has particularly the following authorisations:
- Protecting the interests of the association and decision-making
in all issues, which are not explicitly reserved for the general
- Calling and chairing the general assembly (art. 9 and 10)
- Accepting and requesting for an exclusion of members (art.
- Forwarding the annual report, the annual account and the budget
to the general assembly
- Executing the decisions of the general assembly
- Controlling the projects, which serve the aim
- Managing the assets of the association
- Appointing commissions, committees and working groups for
performing special assignments
For the executive board to be a quorum there have to be at
least two members of it present.
At a parity of votes the president has the final ballot.
Art.17 Board of control
The general assembly elects the board of control for a period
of two years in office. This board consists of two auditors,
who are not members of the executive board.
The board of control checks the annual account of the association
and reports it annually and in written form to the general assembly.
It can also submit proposals and requests to the general assembly.
III. Finances and liability
The assets of the association consist of contributions of members
(art. 7 and 11), donations, attributions, state grants/subsidy
and outputs of special activities in favour of the association.
The members have to no time claims on the assets of the association.
Art.19 Annual account
The accounting year complies with the calendar year. The annual
account must be closed at the latest until end of March of the
All financial affairs and the accountancy must comply with
the principles of truth and transparency.
For the commitments of the association solely the assets of
the association will be liable. A personal financial liability
of the members is excluded, except for criminal acts.
IV. Fusion and dissolving
A Fusion of the association requires an approval of a two third
(2/3) majority of those entitled to vote.
A break up of the association requires an approval of a two
third (2/3) majority of those entitled to vote, who shall then
decide over the liquidations-procedure.
After the break up of the association the remaining asset will
be used for supporting streetchildren/-youngsters and the disabled
in Kurdistan based on the committed aim. In so circumstances
any part of the remaining assets will be divided among the members.
V. Final clause
Art. 23 Interpretations clause
Requests to the executive board can also be passed through
electronic paths (Internet).