[cc-humanrights] GAC WG HRIL Terms of Reference

Karel Douglas douglaskarel at gmail.com
Sat Feb 13 22:59:53 UTC 2016

Thanks Niels, Good start by the GAC.

I hope that the WG seeks the assistance of NCUC in their research so as to
avoid a duplication of efforts.

I found it interesting to read in "Deliverables" (page 3 of 4 , 2nd bullet,
last sentence): it basically states that the GAC need not agree with the
findings / recommendations of the WG. In such a case the WG would have to
reconsider or revise its proposals.

This provision ( or proviso) does not seem unusual except that the
principles of HRs are not universal to all the members of the GAC. Some
countries are known to have a poor record on HR.

In otherwords the WG would probably draft a robust statement on HR ( eg
right to privacy, data protection, freedom of expression , openness etc
etc) which statement would bind future GAC behaviour - it'll be  adopted by
GAC as their position on HR for all times.

How likely would member states that are known offenders of  Human rights
seek to agree to such a HR statement? Such a statement could be
inconsistent with their national laws and policies.

Lets hope that this is not the case.



On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 6:19 PM, Niels ten Oever <niels at article19.org>

> Hi all,
> White smoke from the GAC, the GAC Working Group on Human Rights and
> International Law agreed on its Terms of Reference. Please find it
> attached.
> Best,
> Niels
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