[CCWG-ACCT] Human rights - way forward

Paul Twomey paul.twomey at argopacific.com
Fri Jul 31 18:00:06 UTC 2015

Hi Eberhard

Because I really want us to be avoiding the briar pit of defining 
phrases like "respecting the fundamental rights", can you help me by 
approaching this another way.   Can you now or in the future write a 
specific statement which says, "ICANN should treat its staff with.... 
and respect...; ICANN should treat Constituents with...; ICANN shall 
treat affected parties with..... "   Then I may have a clearer and more 
specific view of actionable behaviour expected.

I note that the ICANN Accountability and Transparency Frameworks and 
Principles in 2008 included the following.  Perhaps it is this sort of 
statement that could be usefully amended to meet your needs? :


Those who take part in ICANN multi-stakeholder process including Board, 
staff and all those involved in Supporting Organization and Advisory 
Committee councils undertake to:


    Act in accordance with ICANN’s Bylaws. In particular, participants
    undertake to act within the mission of ICANN and in the spirit of
    the values contained in the Bylaws.


    Adhere to the conflict of interest policy laid out in the Bylaws.


    Treat all members of the ICANN community equally, irrespective of
    nationality, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs,
    disability, age, or sexual orientation; members of the ICANN
    community should treat each other with civility both face to face
    and online.


    Act in a reasonable and informed manner when participating in policy
    development and decision-making processes. This includes regularly
    attending all scheduled meetings and exercising independent judgment
    based solely on what is in the overall best interest of Internet
    users and the stability and security of the Internet’s system of
    unique identifiers, irrespective of personal interests and the
    interests of the entity to which an individual might owe their


    Listen to the views of all stakeholders when considering policy
    issues. ICANN is a unique multi-stakeholder environment. Those who
    take part in the ICANN process must acknowledge the importance of
    all stakeholders and seek to understand their points of view.


    Work to build consensus with other stakeholders in order to find
    solutions to the issues that fall within the areas of ICANN’s
    responsibility. The ICANN model is based on a bottom-up, consensus
    driven approach to policy development. Those who take part in the
    ICANN process must take responsibility for ensuring the success of
    the model by trying to build consensus with other participants.


    Act in accordance with ICANN policies.


    Protect the organization’s assets and ensure their efficient and
    effective use.


    Act fairly and in good faith with other participants in the ICANN

Microsoft Word - MOP 10 January 2008


On 8/1/15 3:18 AM, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> Paul,
> I understand Keith opposition to extending ICANN's mission, to mean ICANN treat whoever it deals with (such as staff, constituents, (directly) affected parties and the like) by respecting the fundamental rights.
> And this is exactly what I want/mean.
> el

Dr Paul Twomey
Managing Director
Argo P at cific

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