[CCWG-ACCT] Board comments on Recommendation 6 - Human Rights

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Thu Feb 4 08:16:13 UTC 2016

Hello Nigel,

>>  It sounds nice, and means nothing in terms of committing ICANN to do anything but follow California law, which it is obliged to do anyway.

Well I hope it is  a step forward to note that human rights are part of our core values.    Applicable law could also apply to other locations where ICANN operates - e.g. we have offices and staff that work on multiple locations around the world.   We need to obey the laws that relate to those staff in each country for example - e.g. anti-slavery and anti-discrimination  laws.

>>  Why is the ICANN Board scared of agreeing to respect the rights in the UDHR?? It should be proud to set an example to other multistakeholder and private sector organisations.

I think we should focus on actually identifying how to interpret all the various concepts around human rights and create our own framework of interpretation that is relevant to us.   That is the aim of work stream 2 .     For example I don't know anything about UDHR.   I would rather we have a page of text that explains exactly what ICANN is on the hook for beyond applicable law.   We may well look at getting an expert that advises non-government organizations on how best to respect human rights in their operations that can help with the work stream 2 work.

Bruce Tonkin 

More information about the Accountability-Cross-Community mailing list