Global Executive Committee

Orpe Human Rights Advocates is expected to be one of the faith-based international non-governmental organizations dedicated to furthering for human rights and influence change in behaviors of those engaging in human rights violation.  OHRA’s campaign on "Shinning light in the midst of darkness" is expected to present a great deal in the search for restoring peace on earth.  OHRA's actions are expected to have influence in the modification of behavioral patterns in the sphere state and non-state actors whose values are deemed to be contrary to those of promoted by to the rule in accordance to a higher law and contrary to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The mission of shining light in the midst darkness  is expected to help move forwards an agenda that further for the elimination of unclean ill intentions in the minds of state and non-state actors and promote the principles and mechanisms deemed to influence the restoration of peace on the planet earth.  Founded within the attempt of bringing Angolan dictatorship ruler to justice (in the District Court of Maryland, United Stated of America),  this volunteered initiative started in 2015 when for the first time in the history of Angola a sitting President was brought to justice for human rights violation by a lawyer and Chief Officer of Rene Descartes University of Angola. Since then,  a  the United State-based organization has evolved dramatically, with a vision of operating globally, and focusing its mission in the quest of restoring human dignity, and standing up for those whose  fundamental rights are being impaired. 

A Bureaucracy Structure

Orpe Human Rights Advocates is a bureaucratic structure expected to operate much like a multinational corporation or a government. At the same time, OHRA presents itself as a grassroots, member-driven organization. This reflects contradiction in relationship between country sections and the international organization. The following section describes OHRA's complex corporate structure and analyzes the key dimensions in the relationships between OHRA’s headquarters, the staff (including researchers), and the country sections.

Orpe Human Rights Advocates Corporate Structure

OHRA describes itself as “a global movement of faith-based supporters with members who engage in the cause of shinning light in the midst of darkness. While members pay dues, there is no official definition for supporters or Ambassadors of the kingdom of heaven. OHRA US section, for example, defines supporters as anyone who “has signed up to receive updates from the organization (e.g., email, Facebook, Twitter)” and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven as people who have “taken action for the organization within a recent timeframe; actions can be online (e.g., electronic petition) or offline (e.g., part of local group, participant in events).”

The complexity of OHRA Corporate Structure lies in the fact that the organization has "global vocation."  OHRA is expected to operate through a complex bureaucratic corporate structure with numerous international and country-specific organizations. The organization filters information to the membership, activists, and supporters via a labyrinth of staff, volunteers, and bureaucratic structures.

OHRA Global Secretary (OGS)

The OGS is the hub, responsible for OHRA’s daily operations and setting the global agenda. The OGS is led by a Secretary General. The OGS produces the vast majority of OHRA’s research and campaign materials. The OGS is expected to manage a multi-million budget in one fiscal exercise year. OGS is expected to oversee approximately 100 staff members for next coming two years.  The major sources of funding are from  OHRA social enterprises, United States entities, federal grants, state grants, fundraising, and from European entities.

For fiscal purpose, the OGS is expected to be divided into two separate entities: OHRA Advocacy, and OHRA Charity. OHRA Charity main funding will come from contributions received  from country-sections and gift received in kind from All. The Charity's commissions carry out charitable activities on behalf OHRA.

Since last year the OGS operates  at a deficit. The following table shows the income and expenditures of the OGS.

Composition of Global Executive Committee (GEC)

The Global Executive Committee consists of ten people, each of whom is a member of Orpe Human Rights Advocates. They are elected to office by the Global Executive Committee (GEC), which meets annually. Up to two additional members can be appointed by the Board itself as co-opted members.

The elected GEC members’ three-year terms are staggered, with one third of the members up for re-election at each GEC meeting. Each member is eligible for re-election for a maximum of two consecutive terms. The co-opted members serve a term of up to two years commencing from the date of the preceding GEC meeting with a maximum of two terms.

The elected members of the Global Executive Committee may not include more than one member from the same country, state or territory. The Global Executive Committee meets at least four times a year.

The GEC provides global stewardship for the fulfillment of the movement's mission and vision and its compliance with global policies and standards. Its remit is defined in the OHRA's Statute:

  • provides proposals for the approval of the GEC including on the international financial assessment system, global governance procedures, global standards and the Strategic Goals;

  • oversees the movement’s finances and risks;

  • oversees the protection of the movement’s reputation and resources;

  • oversees the work and operations of the International Secretariat including by appointing the Secretary General, approving the International Secretariat’s annual audited accounts and budget and appointing its auditors;

  • monitors compliance of all parts of the movement with the provisions of the Statute, the decisions of the Global Assembly and other global policies and standards;

  • approves the establishment of membership entities and other movement entities;

  • exercises the functions necessary to implement Article 34 of the Statute; and

  • provides reports, at least once a year, to the movement on the budget, the financial position of the movement and of the International Secretariat and on the International Board’s work and performance. 

The Global Executive Committee appoints and directs OHRA's Secretary General who, in turn, is responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the international movement, acting as the movement’s chief spokesperson, its chief political advisor and as the chief executive officer of the International Secretariat.

The Council on Global Affairs reports to the Executive Committee of the OHRA.

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