[cc-humanrights] GAC WG HRIL Terms of Reference

Stephanie Perrin stephanie.perrin at mail.utoronto.ca
Sun Feb 14 00:57:36 UTC 2016

I would add to this, Karel, that some countries that have strong 
constitutional protections are nevertheless not enforcing them with 
respect to ICANN, but rather are enfranchising ICANN to do their dirty 
work for them.  I find this particularly noxious.
Stephanie Perrin

On 2016-02-13 17:59, Karel Douglas wrote:
> 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.
> regards
> Karel
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 6:19 PM, Niels ten Oever <niels at article19.org 
> <mailto:niels at article19.org>> wrote:
>     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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