Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought


§1 Name and Residence

The organization is registered under the name

Ibn Rushd regd.

The fund has its residence in 59939 OLSBERG and is registered at the registration office of the county court of 59929 BRILON

After registration the name of the fund is
Fund for Freedom of Thought

In case of expansion the fund may set agencies representing the fund in other places. The financial year of the fund is the calender year.

§2 The Aims of the Fund

The fund is an exclusively non-profit making organization that serves its purposes as stated in the clause of tax law concerning „donational saving entitling the saver to tax relief“.
The aim of the fund is to support and promote freedom of thought, creativity, democracy and research in the Arab world. This is to be realized particularly through awards given in the fields of science and research, arts, politics, education and teaching to people who have rendered outstanding services to their Arab homeland. The fund is independent of politics or religions. Other cultural activities of the fund can be taken at proper time when sufficient financial and human resources are available.

§3 Use of the Financial Means of the Fund

The fund does not strive for profit; its work is selfless. It does not pursue economic interests.
The financial means of the fund can be used only according to the statutes. Members are not allowed to get any financial benefits from the fund. No person may be favored by expenditures that are alien to the aims of the fund.

§4 Membership

Natural persons can become members of the fund, but also legal entities or corporations. Eligible for voting are only persons who have become of age (18 years) and who have been members for at least six months. The extended executive committee decides whether or not an application for membership is accepted in a case by case fashion. If an application for membership is refused, the executive committee is not obliged to give reasons for the refusal.

§5 End of Membership

The membership of a member ends when his death or with his declares written cancellation of his membership to one or more members of extended executive committee or when the fund expels him from membership against his will. If a member severely offends against the rules and interests of the fund, he can be expelled on a decision made by the extended executive committee. A serious offend is especially when a member behaves in a way that damages the fund either from inside or outside, but it is also when a member does not fulfill his obligations or pay his fees. The member is given the chance to give opinion about that matter within a time limit before the final decision of expulsion is taken.

§6 Subscription

Members have to pay fees. The fees are set by the executive committee. Voluntary payments by a third party and donations by sponsors are most desirable.
The executive committee keeps the right to reject donations

§7 Body of the Fund

The body of the fund is the executive committee and the general assembly.
If a member holds a certain office in the fund he does it on honorary basis according to the statutes.

§8 The Executive Committee

According to § 26 BGB (German law) the executive committee consists of

  1. the first chairman
  2. the second chairman.

Together they represent the fund in legal and in official matters.
This representation is financially limited to the amount of 100 €. When financial transactions of more than 100,-- € have to be made, the executive committee needs to get the written approval of the extended executive committee.

The extended executive committee consists of

  1. the first chairman
  2. the second chairman
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. The Committee member.(starting of the election of 2007)

The general assembly elects the extended executive committee with a simple majority for a legislation period of three years. A re-election is permitted. The election can also be made by postal vote. Entitled to be voted as a member of executive committee is a natural person who has become of age (18 years according to German law).

§9 Electing the Executive Committee

The executive committee is elected at the general assembly.
Only members who have a membership of the fund for at least one year are eligible to be elected into the extended executive committee. A member of executive committee keeps this status until the next elections. If a member of executive committee wishes to, or has to, leave his office before that, the extended executive committee selects the candidate who had the next highest number of votes to replace the leaving committee member until the next general assembly. When a membership ends the office that is held as executive committee member ends automatically with it.

§10 Executive Committee Meetings

The first or second chairman summons meetings of the extended executive committee. The extended executive committee has a quorum if at least three of its members are present. The extended executive committee decides by the majority of the votes. Every member of the extended executive committee has one vote. In the event of a tie the vote of the first chairman will determine the vote. If the first chairman is not present and there is a tie, the vote of the second chairman will determine the vote.
The extended executive committee fulfills its task by passing resolutions, holding sessions or, given consent of all members of the extended executive committee, passing resolutions by postal vote. When resolutions are passed this has to be documented.

§11 Responsibilitiy and Competence of the Extended Executive Committee

The extended executive committee is in responsible for all the affairs of the fund, as long as they are not assigned to another organ by the statutes.
Some of its responsibilities are

  1. Organizing the activities of the fund
  2. Managing the finances of the fund
  3. Awards are given to persons who have been inspected and proposed to the fund by competent institutes or expert persons. The final decision on who receives the prize is left to the extended executive committee to safeguard the aims of the organization.
  4. Preparing and summoning the general assembly and drawing up an agenda
  5. Safeguarding the rights and duties of the organization
  6. Carrying out the decisions made in the general assembly
  7. Drawing up the program of the year, accounting, drawing out the annual financial reporting.
  8. Accepting or denying applications for membership and expulsion of members if needed.

§12 General Assembly

The executive committee summons the general assembly annually with a written invitation. Other general assemblies can be summoned as required.
The invitation has to be sent out at least 4 weeks before the assembly with details on the agenda. The official invitation is regarded as „received“ if it is sent to the last known address of a member.

In the general assembly every member - even an honorary member - has one vote. It is not allowed to transfer one‘s right to vote to another member to exercise it. The general assembly has a quorum if it is summoned according to the rules. A quorum is not dependent on the number of members present. The right to vote can be exercised by postal vote too.

The executive committee can summon exceptional general assemblies as well. The executive committee is obliged to do so if at least 1/3 of the members apply for such a meeting in writing, giving their reasons for it.

Resolutions are passed by simple majority of the votes. Voting is by ballot when 1/4 of the members present demand this. Proposals that are not mentioned in the agenda can be put to the vote only if these proposals were received in writing at least two weeks before the meeting and the members were informed about them at least one week before the meeting. Emergency motions can be dealt with only when decision is taken with a 2/3 majority of the members present that it shall be taken up in the agenda along with the other points.

The general assembly is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Election, nomination and recall of the members of extended executive committee
  2. Inspection and approval of the extended executive committee
  3. Assessing the annual closing of the account (financial report)
  4. Appointing commendable members as honorary members.
  5. Other responsibilities resulting from the statutes or German law
  6. Passing resolutions over changing the statutes or dissolving the fund.

All resolutions must be drawn up in writing and have to be documented.

§13 Dissolving the Fund

A resolution over changing the statutes or dissolving the fund has to be taken with a 2/3 majority of the members present at the general assembly. In case of dissolving the fund or cancelling „donational saving entitling the saver to tax relief“ the fortune of the fund goes to a public corporation or any other tax-deductible body, which has to spend it exclusively for the promotion of international humanitarianism, tolerance on all levels of culture and of the idea of understanding among nations as charitable donations.

This Status is the official status since September 7th, 2009.

1st Chairwoman, Dr. Abier Bushnaq
2nd Chairman, Dr. John Nasta