[cc-humanrights] Follow up & confcall | was: [ ICANN site selection ]

Niels ten Oever niels at article19.org
Thu Aug 6 14:48:49 UTC 2015

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Dear all,

Thanks a lot for the great suggestion Jamie. This would greatly feed
into the second (legal) work point (pasted underneath for everyones
convenience). I'll pick it up with CoE and Joy Liddicoat and see whether
we can find a standard for that or else see what IOC has developed in
terms of standards for this.

Some more news on on the second (legal) work front.: CIS India (Vipul
Kharbanda) has graciously offered to also contribute to the analysis of
CSR policies. I'll setup the working plan for the legal part of the work

As far as the first working point (ICANN and HR - chart), I think APC
will take the lead and convene that group to continue this work.

Feel free to organize this onlist or offlist, but it would be great if
you could communicate your workplan/deadlines to the list so we can
follow and input and people can tag along when they want.

It would also be great to hear from people on this list whether they
would like to engage, input and/or interface with CCWG work on human rig

To ensure people are included I would also propose having a conference
call Monday the 17th at 13:00 GMT, looking forward to hear from you
whether there are specific points you would like to discuss.



1. ICANN and HR
Volunteers: APC, Rafik Dammak, Dave Cake, Marilia Maciel
- - Chart - correlating rights with policies & operations (WHOIS, EWG, gTL
As was mentioned during the public session it would be very helpful to
have a short and concise overview which would illustrate how ICANNs
policies and operations touch upon human rights. This chart should link
concrete policies and operations and their impact on right. This does
not need to be a detailed analysis, but more of an overview.

- - Analyze possibilities of Policy Development Process (PDP) rights
assessment and see if there are relevant upcoming issue reports for
which we could do this (if so setup a draft)
In the current PDP it is already possible to request a rights assessment
as a part of the issue report. This however has not been used up to now.
This activity will see whether there are relevant upcoming issue reports
and research the opportunities for the production of a rights assessment

2. Legal: Council of Europe, Article19, Joy Liddicoat
- - Mapping of relevant CSR policies / standards (and see how they could
be reshaped for ICANN)
There are a variety of global standards for CSR reporting. By mapping
the relevant standards and analyzing how they could be implemented by
ICANN. And example might be Cisco's CSR report
http://www.cisco.com/assets/csr/pdf/CSR_Report_2014.pdf#page=10, which
seems to have followed the IHRB recommendations pretty closely

- - Mapping of examples/standards for human rights impact assessments
To be able to analyze the impacts of ICANNs policies and operations on
human rights it is crucial to have a method to do this analysis. Under
this work several methods and standards for human rights imact
assessments will be compared to see which would be most fitting for the
ICANN environment.

3. Operational
Volunteers: Rafik Dammak & Niels ten Oever
- - Organize 3 conference calls (1 debrief call) before ICANN54
- - Organize prep call with GAC WG co-chairs and/or WG
- - Set meetings with all constituencies for ICANN Dublin and conf calls
- - Organize meetings in Dublin
- - Organize joint meeting with GAC WG and CCWP HR

Niels ten Oever
Head of Digital

Article 19

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On 07/29/2015 10:42 PM, Jamie Baxter wrote:
> As a “new gTLD applicant” who has participated in most ICANN meetings
> for the past 6 years, it remains a concern of ours that ICANN maintain
> a path of selecting meeting locations in countries with less than
> reputable human rights records, which includes their records on gay
> rights. We believe it is important to begin a discussion on this issue
> as the topic of human rights is elevated within the corporate and soci
> responsibility at ICANN.
> Since ICANN is an organization built on openness, under a
> multi-stakeholder model that thrives on public participation, now is t
> relevant time for ICANN to begin thinking about how its site selection
> for meetings impacts freedom of speech & association, public safety an
> public perception of the organization’s commitment to the human rights
> issue. By not reviewing site selection related issues, the larger
> discussion on human rights would certainly be perceived as lip service
> to many, especially from the gay community.
> The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also recognized this
> concern and recently implemented mandates that would prevent future ho
> cities from winning bids if their human rights records and policies
> (including gay rights) were sub-par. The gay community has welcomed th
> pro-active approach by the IOC following the Sochi Olympics to guarant
> their future participation and safety, and this is a standard that we
> believe an international organization like ICANN could take lesson fro
> We welcome comment from the group on how to add this point to the
> ongoing work on corporate and social responsibility at ICANN.  
> Cheers
> Jamie
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