Rules of AKL

name and function of the association

The name of the association is the Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto ry, in Swedish Vapenvägrarförbundet rf, in Sámi Vearjjuinbeahttaleaddjiid lihttu rs. The association, referred to in these rules as a federation, is domiciled in Helsinki and operates throughout the country.

The purpose of the association is

  • to work as a pacifist peace organization on the basis of anti-militarism, non-violence and unilateral disarmament, to eradicate the causes of war;
  • endeavor to eliminate conscription;
  • develop civilian service content for concrete peace work;
  • monitor the rights and status of conscientious objectors;
  • to promote regional cooperation among conscientious objectors;
  • to promote information about conscientious objection and advice those seeking civilian service;

And also

  • make the civilian servant places appropriate to the abilities and training of civilian servants.

In order to accomplish its purpose, the Union relies in particular on military service aged youth and seeks cooperation with, inter alia, peace organizations, trade union movements, youth organizations and religious communities among conscientious objectors.

The Association carries out publishing and research activities, organizes meetings, lectures and discussions, celebrations and exhibitions, and provides counsel and legal assistance to those who refuse to go to the army.

In order to support its activities, the association may engage in publishing, organizing lotteries and selling brands, memorabilia and other similar advertising media. The association can own real estate and accept donations and wills.


Members of the association can be all of those who are conscientious objectors or have declared that they approved the international declaration of opponents of war, "War is a crime against humanity. That is why I have decided not to support any kind of war and to fight to eliminate all causes of war. "

In addition, individuals and legal entities may be eligible for membership.

The association may charge membership fees to its members and support members, as determined by the association's spring or autumn meeting.

Union institutions

The organs of the union are the union meeting and the board. The term of office of the Board is the period between the ordinary meetings of the Association, with half of the members resigning at the spring meeting and half at the autumn meeting.

The members of the Association shall have the right to vote in the meetings of the Association.

There are two regular meetings each year. The spring meeting will be held in February-March and the autumn meeting in September-December at a time specified by the Board. An additional meeting shall be convened whenever deemed necessary by the board or at least one-tenth (1/10) of the members of the Association demands it by in writing so that it may deal with the matter which it has declared. In that case, the meeting shall be held within one month of the request being made.

Meetings of the Association shall be convened by the Board by letter at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.

Spring Meeting

  • hears the report of the Board of Directors on the activities of the Association during the preceding calendar year and the report of the accountants on the activities of the Association during the calendar year;
  • approve the financial statements and decide on the discharge;
  • elects new members to replace the members of the Board in their term of office;

and also

  • deals with other matters submitted to the meeting by the Board and the members of the Association.

Autumn meeting

  • approve the Union action plan and budget for the following calendar year;
  • elects new members to replace the members of the Board in their term of office;
  • elect two auditors and their personal deputies for the following calendar year:

and also

  • deals with other matters submitted to the meeting by the Board and the members of the Association.

Members of the Association shall have the right to bring matters to the attention of the General Meeting by notifying the Board in writing at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Other matters may be considered during the meeting if the meeting so decides by a two-thirds (2/3) majority. Proposals concerning matters referred to in sections 23 and 24 of the Associations Act must be made at least one month before the meeting and cannot be dealt with unless the notice of the meeting mentions it.

The minutes of the union meeting are inspected by two persons chosen by the meeting.

The Board of the association consist of twelve (12) members, half of whom shall resign at the spring meeting and half at the autumn meeting. The Board elects a chairman, a vice chairman and a secretary from among its members after the general meeting of each union.

The Board shall:

  • enforce decisions of union meetings;
  • manage the union's finances;
  • keep a list of members:
  • employ and dismiss the staff of the Union and lay down the conditions of their employment;

and also

  • to convene meetings and prepare matters to be dealt with there.

A meeting of the Board shall be convened by the Chairman or, in his / her absence, by the Vice Chairman, notifying the Board members at least three (3) days prior to the meeting. The Board can be convened by at least two (2) members, if requested by the written request.

The Board has a quorum when the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman and three (3) members are present.

Matters are settled by a majority of votes. In the event of a tie, the lottery will determine the outcome, other things the chairman's opinion.

Other regulations


The name of the union is written by the chairman, vice chairman and secretary, two together. The board may order another employee to write the name of the union alone.


The financial year of the Association shall be the calendar year. The financial statements, the action report and the minutes of the Board meetings shall be submitted to the accountants fifteen (15) days prior to the spring meeting, who shall express their opinion at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.


The rules of the Association can be amended at the meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast.


The decision to dissolve the union shall be taken by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast in two (2) consecutive meetings of the union.

In the event of the dissolution of the Association, it shall be for the latter, at its decision-making meeting, to decide how the remaining funds are to be used for the purposes of the Association. When the union is dissolved, the funds will be transferred to War Resisters' International, headquartered in London, to be used for peace work.