The International Society for Human Rights consists of individuals who refuse to passively observe the many needs of today. The ISHR has currently 24 sections, 11 national and Working groups and 2 regional committees. For interested individuals who live in a country without an ISHR section or national group it is possible to become an individual member directly with the International Secretariat in Frankfurt/Main. Once a national group or section is established in that country the individual members automatically become members of that national group or section.
Sections and national groups
[to the sections and groups]
International Council of the ISHR
The International Council is the assembly of all members of the International Board and representatives of all sections and national groups. The International Council elects the International Board, upgrades sections, admits new national groups. It may also suspend the membership of a section or national group. In addition, it decides on activities and finances of the society on recommendation of the International Board.
The International Board of ISHR
Members of the International Board are the President, Treasurer and the Vice-Presidents. The Board meets once a year and discusses and decides on activities, prepares guidelines for and co-ordinates international activities, discusses finances and any other issue of importance to the International Society for Human Rights. The members of the International Board are elected by the International Council. Elections take place every four years. The International Board elected at the International Council meeting in 2012 has changed in April 2013.
President: Dr. Marat Zakhidov (Uzbekistan)
Treasurer: Henriette Baronin Payrebrune de Saint Sęve (Germany)
Vice-President: Dr. Haydee Marin (USA)
Vice-President: Patrice Renault-Sabloniere (France)
Vice-President: Michel Baumann (Swizerland)
Vice-President: Dr. Marat Zakhidov (Uzbekistan)
As Secretary General was appointed Michel Baumann (Swizerland).
The sections and national groups work independently and within there own national law. Nevertheless, each section and national group is required to endorse the principles and aims of the International Society and to incorporate the International Statutes into their own statutes. For this purpose, each section is required to hand in a current copy of their statutes each year. Furthermore, each section is required to hand in an annual report to the International Secretariat. National groups and working groups are encouraged to the same, since regular reporting is a requirement for upgrading to section status.