[CCWG-ACCT] ICANN Board comments on Recommendation 6

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Wed Jan 27 00:41:14 UTC 2016

Thanks - I have forwarded this proposed text to the ICANN Board mailing list.

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From: Mathieu Weill [mailto:mathieu.weill at afnic.fr] 
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Subject: RE: [CCWG-ACCT] ICANN Board comments on Recommendation 6

Thank you Bruce,

For the benefit of the Board members as well as colleagues who did not attend the call, a short summary from our conclusions today based on the meeting notes. This conclusion was achieved after closely listening to the Board's concerns raised in the 3rd public comment, and assessing various alternate proposals during our 3 plenary working sessions.

Action item is now for staff and lawyers to move to finalizing recommendation consistent with the proposal discussed and comments expressed during the session -(such as Alan). No further plenary discussion is planned unless, as suggested by Kavouss, the Board would come back with a concrete action or resolution that would convince the group to proceed otherwise.

And the proposed text during the session was :
<quote>Within its Mission and in its operations, ICANN will respect internationally recognized Human Rights. This commitment shall  not in any way create an obligation for ICANN, or any entity having a relationship with ICANN, to protect or enforce Human Rights beyond what may be required by applicable law. In particular, this does not create any additional obligation for ICANN to respond to or consider any complaint, request, or demand seeking the enforcement of Human Rights by ICANN. This Bylaw provision will not enter into force until a Framework of Interpretation is developed as part of "Work Stream 2" by the CCWG-Accountability or another Cross Community Working Group chartered for such purpose by one or more Supporting Organizations or Advisory Committees. ICANN shall  support the establishment and work of such a Group to facilitate development of the Framework of Interpretation as promptly as possible.</>

Best regards,

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[mailto:accountability-cross-community-bounces at icann.org] De la part de Bruce Tonkin Envoyé : mardi 26 janvier 2016 21:17 À : CCWG Accountability Objet : [CCWG-ACCT] ICANN Board comments on Recommendation 6 Importance : Haute

Hello All,

Markus gave a verbal summary of the current position of the Board
following our Board call yesterday during the CCWG call.   I have set out
the current position in writing below.

I recognize that the CCWG members did not accept the Board's position.
There are quite a few Board members on the call - and we can take this discussion back to the Board to see if we can find another solution.

(1) The Board is committed to upholding human rights as appropriate within ICANN's mission; and

(2) The Board  intends to work alongside the community to progress the human rights work within ICANN, including through the development of a Human Rights Statement to reach a meaningful framework to guide human rights considerations within ICANN's mission.  

The Board still remains supportive of Option B, or allowing the WS2 effort on defining a framework to proceed prior to considering whether to include a human rights obligation in the Bylaws.

The Board understands that one of the reasons for the suggestion of a "dormant" bylaw text (which the Board remains concerned about for the reasons flagged earlier) is that there is concern among the community that if a reference to human rights is not included in the Bylaws, the Board will not follow through on a community wish to address this issue.  To address this concern, the Board proposes that including in the Bylaws a requirement for ICANN to address the human rights issue, as well as a requirement to consider - after a framework is concluded - how that should be referenced in the Bylaws.  The Board therefore proposes the following: 

In the Bylaws text referencing WS2, language should be included that specifically identifies that a recommended framework on human rights within ICANN is expected to be part of the WS2 effort.  Further, the Bylaws on WS2 should specify that If the cross-community group developing the framework also makes a consensus recommendation on whether and how that framework can be reflected in the ICANN Bylaws, the ICANN Board must consider that recommendation according to the process defined for considering those continuous improvement recommendations.


Bruce Tonkin

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