[IRP] Charter process

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette
Mon Dec 21 22:30:21 EET 2009

Dear Lisa

I am not sure what the exact schedule is, but it would be good to get
feedback on a draft at regional IGFs other than just at Eurodig.

There will be the LAC, East and West African IGFs that I know of.
Possibly more.

APC will also facilitate comment from our network as soon as there is a

And, what about requesting feedback from organisations like Human Rights
Watch, Article 19, Amnesty, HREA (human rights education) and other
human rights organisations?  They might have different perspectives, but
it could be useful to:

- alert them to our work
- get their reactions




On Mon, 2009-12-21 at 11:36 +0000, Lisa Horner wrote:
> Hi all
> Just some thoughts about the charter process to feed into the call and
> repsond to some points made so far...
>  can't see there being any huge points of contention between the
> "experts" and the wider coalition.  Their job is really just to take
> what we've done, make sure that it doesn't erode existing rights
> standards and out it into a coherent structure.  Once we have a draft
> to work with, both sides should be open to discussion about the detail
> and why certain edits may or may not be appropriate.  I can see it
> being a really educative and informative process for us all. But it is
> true that we should be prepared for disagreement, and we should manage
> that process of discussion - giving the experts space to present the
> draft, coalition members opportunities to ask questions, and both
> groups time to come to consensus.
> In light of that, I think we should aim for a detailed face to face
> meeting concerning the charter at the Eurodig in April or IGF planning
> meeting in May, with good facilities and systems for remote
> participation.  It'd be good to kow how many people intend to go to
> each of those meetings in person so that we can make a call about
> which venue to tag our meeting on to.
> Also, maybe we could shift the last deadline for the final comment
> period back to 15th August, and then ask for a final version of the
> Charter from the experts by the end of August.  That would give us
> time to iron out any final disputes and print/publish whatever we need
> to?  I realise it encroaches on the summer holidays, but hopefully
> that'd be ok if we've got the timescale laid out in advance?  
> As we can't really anticipate the nature of any disputes in advance,
> maybe the steering committee could commit to considering cases as they
> arise and halping to identify appropriate solutions?  We could also
> have a liaison between the committee and the coalition to help ongoing
> communication between the two.
> All the best,
> Lisa
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