Formosan Association for Human Rights, Inc.
Name and Nature
The name of this corporation shall be Formosan Association for Human Rights, Inc. (hereafter, FAHR). The Association is a non-partisan organization.
The purposes of the FAHR are:
(1). To promote respect for the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human
(2). To aid all persons of Formosan birth or heritage who are threatened with, or are
actually denied, their fundamental human rights of any and all kinds;
(3). To cooperate with other international organizations on human rights in order to
promote common goals;
(4). To do any and all things to accomplish the foregoing purposes or in advancement
thereof, but not for the pecuniary profit or financial gain of its members, directors,
Anyone who agrees to abide by the purposes of the Association and who is sponsored by two members and has paid his (or her) membership dues shall, on approval of the Board of Directors, be a member of the Association.
Board of Directors
FAHR shall be governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of fifteen members elected by the membership. The terms of Directors shall be two years. Terms shall be staggered as to assume that each year half of positions become vacant. The Board will elect the following from among its members: a president, a vice president, a treasurer, and such other officers as may be deemed appropriate. The Board may also appoint an Executive Director and Advisory Committee. Eight Directors comprise a quorum.
Successors for Directors (half of Directors) whose terms of office are then expiring shall be elected during August or September by mail ballot sent to all members
in good standing. Nominations must be submitted to the Executive Director not later than
4 weeks prior to the election with the valid signature of five (5) or more of the members. Each member shall have one vote for each position to be filled, but may not cast more than one vote for one candidate unless eight members of the Board of Directors have so approved. The election itself shall be by plurality. These Directors elected shall serve for
the following two years.
FAHR is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes as set forth in Articles I and II. No part of its resources may inure to the benefit of individuals or
private interests, except as bona fide relief for destitute families of prisoners of conscience in Taiwan. It may not as a substantial part of the activities, consist of carrying
propaganda, attempt to influence legislation, or participate to any extent in a political
campaign for or against any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding other provisions of these Articles, all resources shall be handled in a manner consistent with Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Until a Board of Directors has been elected pursuant to Article V, (but not more than two years), FAHR shall be governed by a provisional Board of Directors, and three of these provisional Directors shall serve as Members of the Board of Directors during the first year of its existence.
The names and addresses of the persons who are the provisional Board of Directors of the Corporation are as follows:
Amendments to the Article may be proposed by eight Directions or on petition by ten percent of the membership. To become part of these Articles of Association, they must be approved by two-thirds of the voting members of the Association.
The assets of this corporation are irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and no part of net income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of
Any Director, officer, or member thereof or to the benefit of private persons.
Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying,
or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for
charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purpose, and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.