[IRP] My opinion

shaila mistry shailam
Thu Nov 18 22:05:13 EET 2010

Good ides to " provoke a response I will respond. I havent forgotten.Was 
planning to do it this week end...Many thanks for your work...shaila

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From: Dixie Hawtin <Dixie at global-partners.co.uk>To: 
"irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org" 
<irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>

Sent: Thu, November 18, 2010 9:22:40 AM Subject: [IRP] My opinion

Hi all,
There haven?t been any replies yet about the ?objectives and nature of the 
Charter?, so I thought that if I state my own opinions it may provoke someone to 
disagree (or even agree!) with me.
The more I look at the Charter the more I feel like we are trying to achieve two 
quite different things in the same document ? on the one hand we are writing an 
advocacy document and trying to promote a particular and very progressive 
interpretation of human rights. On the other hand we are trying to write a 
reference document which is as comprehensive as possible and it doesn?t matter 
that we are repetitive, nuanced, meandering etc. I think that both of these aims 
are very important and can be achieved through the Charter process, but I think 
they should be separated out so that the documents are more coherent and so much 
I feel that the Charter should be structured in a slightly different way. I 
think that when we talk about ?the Charter? we should be referring to just the 
first section (i.e. rights and principles) and that this should be strong and 
definite and read like a manifesto. Then, I think two/three other documents are 
needed to back it   up (which form a ?family? of documents):
1. What is currently section two, a document outlining the roles and 
responsibilities of all actors in relation to the Charter right/principles
2. An explanatory document which lists all the sources of the provisions in the 
Charter and states the arguments behind what we have chosen to include (here you 
would find ALL sources, e.g. international, regional, non-human rights documents 
such as WTO or WIPO docs, national document e.g. Brazilian principles, documents 
from other groups e.g. EFF principles etc). This would be very useful as a 
reference tool.
3. A user friendly version, although I would hope that the Charter could be made 
simple and clear enough that a user-friendly document wouldn?t be necessary.
With ?The Charter? in my opinion we are operating within the framework of 
existing human rights, and everything we state must be drawn back to an existing 
human right, but we can be as progressive as we like within those boundaries. 
The authority for our arguments comes from outside documents where they back up 
our arguments, but to a greater extent comes from the large amount of knowledge 
we contain within the Coalition on the internet and human rights, together with 
our extensive consultation process.
However, given that ?The Charter? should be (in my opinion) predominately an 
advocacy document, I think we need to be precise, concise and use strong 
language. I have examples, but I don?t want to give everyone to much to read! 
Here are just a couple: 

-I think some of our provisions are quite weak and should be removed (although 
very few of them are in this category, one example is this: ?the Internet [must 
be use] for the protection of the environment? (nb, I am not proposing that we 
remove mention of ewaste)
-I think some of our provisions are repetitive and only one is necessary, for 
example the article on right to associations contains both of these sentences 
where I feel only one is needed
?         Everyone has the right to form, join, meet or visit the website or 
network of an assembly, group or association for any reason, including political 
and social.
?         Everyone has the freedom to establish or join online communities.
-I believe we should use powerful language e.g. not ?Cultural and linguistic 
diversity on the Internet shall be encouraged in the form of text, images and 
sound? as it is at present, but, ?Cultural and linguistic diversity on the 
Internet must be realized?.
I look forward to hearing people?s thoughts on this.
All the best,
Dixie Hawtin
Researcher Global Partners and Associates
338 City Road, London, EC1V 2PY, UK
Office: + 44 207 239 8251     Mobile: +44 7769 181 556
dixie at global-partners.co.uk  www.global-partners.co.uk 
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