[CCWG-ACCT] What are the WS2 activities that ensue from a WS1 bylaws commitment to human rights?

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Fri Jul 31 09:22:22 UTC 2015


As I said, this is a guideline for WS2 work. 


On 31-Jul-15 11:05, Malcolm Hutty wrote:
> On 31/07/2015 09:11, Avri Doria wrote:
>> Hi,
>> In order to outline some of the work that would need to be done in WS2,
>> given a WS1 bylaws commitment to human rights, e.g.  Drazek as ammended
>> by Lisse
>> /Within its mission and in its operations, ICANN will be committed to respect the fundamental human rights, inter alia, the exercise of free expression and the free flow of information./
>> I have extracted the following text from
>> * Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
>>    <http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/GuidingPrinciplesBusinessHR_EN.pdf>
>> <http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/GuidingPrinciplesBusinessHR_EN.pdf>*
> That doesn't look like a multistakeholder document to me. It seems to
> have set out responsibilities for businesses without involving
> businesses in its formulation. So, valuable input as a reference point,
> but is it something we would simply accept as an unimpeachable statement
> applicable to this community?
>> 13. The responsibility to respect human rights requires that business
>> enterprises:
> [...]
>>     (b) Seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that
>>     are directly linked to their operations, products or services by
>>     their business relationships, even if they have not contributed to
>>     those impacts.
> As this applies to ICANN, do you think this creates a duty to use its
> business relationships with Registries and Registrars seek to prevent
> human rights abuses by domain registrants?
> I think it could be argued that that is what the quoted text means, and
> I would disagree strongly with accepting it without qualification for
> that reason.

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