[IRPCoalition] IRP Digest, Vol 295, Issue 1

Mohamed Farahat farahat_3 at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 24 22:38:26 EET 2020

Dear Colleagues
I am writing this email to nominate myself as a steering committee member

I am Mohamed Farahat, I am served as a steering committee member from 2018-present. I would like to nominate myself for the second term.

During my term with IRPC, I contributed to the design IRPC plan during the past 2 years, I am represented IRPC in many events related to digital rights, I have organized workshops at different events. during the 2 years as a member, I have worked with my colleagues to raise and promote refugees' digital rights.

My Plan 2021-2023

Firstly I will bring 18 years of professional experience as a lawyer and legal practitioner, human rights lawyer, legal consultant, legal and political researcher , trainer and projects manager associated with academic qualifications in Law , International law , African studies , International negotiation and Human rights and civil Society (CV ready upon request ) .

With other members, I will work through the two years to achieve IRPC objectives and action recommended with other new ideas.

AS a lawyer and legal researcher , my main plan will focus on all related legal aspects of IG , I will interested to propose new and not covered legal issues, throughout 2 years of membership I will work on :

* New partnerships and new actors engagement needed in Internet Governance issues related to human rights. Although the IG traditional multi-stakeholders have a significant role in evolving internet and using technology in the context of human rights  , but IGF, in general, have to seek new partnerships and actors engagements such as united Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Commission of Red Cross (ICRC) for facilitating and using internet and technology for empowering, protecting refugees, internal displaced persons (IDPs) and migrants.

* Step forward: Strengthen the role Coalition with Regional IGF

* Establish a legal committee to review all regulation and legislation to sure it in line with the IG principles and rules. Assess the efficiency and effectiveness of all legal documents governing human rights digital rights ,  with recommendation of addition, deletion and amendments needed.

* As human rights lawyer I will raise and work on digital rights on Africa such as refugees digital rights, adopting programs that ensure empowering most vulnerable person in Africa, using internet and technology to ensure access of refugees, migrants to

* The capacity building is one of most important issues, adopting strong capacity building programs related to human rights online which ensures generating new qualified leaders. Form a committee responsible for capacity building should be one of the priorities of Committee members.

* Special permanent researches unit affiliated to the committee  is vital and essential , working closely with all members and committees and focus on all topics applicable and related to our objectives, and cooperate directly with different academic and research institutes which assist to bring challenges and opportunities to the agenda of IGF and export the new topic to global IGF.

* The integration between all actors is essential of the operation, the one topic has different aspects, legal aspect, technical, economic etc.., so

* Uniqueness is the main thing I will struggle with other members to bring to the operation of committee besides working on traditional IG topics. The field of internet governance is rich and still has areas need deeply diving in it.

* Outreach activities is very essential for developing the role of IRPC especially with regional and national IGF outreach the committee is the core stone for the committee operation.

* These are only some thoughts that I will bring to the operation, I am sure the discussion with the members will generate a new thought to the operation

My Bio
in the general Mohamed Farahat is an Egyptian lawyer, Jurist   human rights lawyer, legal trainer in addition he is a  legal and political researcher.  He joined the Egyptian Foundation for Refugees Rights (EFRR) in 2014, first as Access to Justice team leader than as Coordinator of EFRR’s legal aid project with UNHCR , currently as programs director.

Recently worked with HUMENA for human rights and civic engagement as legal analyst, as a Legal Consultant with International Organization for Migration (IOM-Egypt) , Legal Expert with Center for Migration and Refugees Studies (CMRS_-American university in Cairo (AUC) and Research fellow with International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) .
In addition Mr. Farahat is a member of steering committee of Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC) and selected as a Management Advisory group (MAG) member at North Africa Internet Governance (NAIGF) .
 Prior to joining EFRR, he worked for Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA-Egypt) as access to Justice team leader, he worked for International Commission for Jurists (ICJ) as a legal researcher.

Mr. Farahat is a legal and political researcher. He   has several published articles related to International refugees law, Statelessness,  political issues, and democracy, parliamentary studies, digital rights and internet governance.

Mr. Farahat is Alumni of the Middle East and adjoining Countries School in Internet Governance (MAGSIG 2018), North Africa School in Internet Governance  (NASIG 2019) and participated at many IG meeting Global IGF 2017 and 2018 as a speaker and workshop organizer, African IGF2017.

Mr. Farahat holds a law degree in Law from Cairo University, he obtained a post-graduate diploma in Human Rights and civil society,   postgraduate diploma in International Negotiation, postgraduate diploma in African Studies, and a postgraduate diploma in International law. Currently, Mr. Farahat is a Master's degree researcher in the Faculty of High African Studies-Cairo University.
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        Elections 2020
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Hi everyone,

This is a gentle reminder to anyone interested in serving as either a
co-chair or as a steering committee member of the IRPC to please
self-nominate or, likewise, please nominate anyone you know who may be

Thank you,


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                  IRPC Steering Committee and Co-Chair Elections 2020

                  2020-12-15 11:26


This email is an announcement regarding the upcoming Internet Rights and
Principles Coalition (IRPC) Elections.


Nominations: 15 - 29 December 2020

Elections: 30 December 2020 - 13 January 2021

For 2021-23 we have positions for one incoming co-chair and five
steering committee members.

Below you will find the nomination and election procedure, which
includes ideal criteria (roles and responsibilities, areas of interest
and expertise) for each position.

(Self) nominations for any of these positions are open until 29 December
2020. All (self-) nominations require a seconder and a brief statement
of intent.

The voting will be open from 30 December 2020 - 13 January 2021.

Procedure and Guidelines for Nominees:

         * Invite (self) nominations for Co-Chairs and Steering Committee
Members. Each candidate provides a short profile statement to include a
short bio as pertains to their intended role in the Coalition, as well
as a short statement of how they will work towards the Coalition's
continued success and development.
         * Set up a survey monkey and hold elections - or a poll to endorse
current and incoming officers if nominations not contested - for
incoming Co-Chair and Steering Committee Member/s.
         * Both Co-Chairs and Steering Committee Members to be
(self)-nominated, a seconder is required.
         * Ongoing Steering Committee members including Co-Chairs, cannot
nominate or second.
         * IRPC Co-Chairs serve for two years.
         * Steering Committee Members (total of 9) are elected for two years
with a nominal maximum of two terms (4 years). After two terms, an SC
member either steps down or stands for a renewed two-year term. This
criterion applies to the outgoing Co-Chair position-holder on completion
of the succeeding two-year term.
         * Steering Committee Members and Co-Chair positions are elected
         * The IRPC aims to represent stakeholders of diverse and historically
underrepresented backgrounds, as well as seeks gender and geographical



         * Experience with the IGF and/or related internet governance
consultations and meetings and the IRP Coalition for at least one year.
         * Can demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the IRP
Coalition's Aims (see:
         * Preferably, demonstrate knowledge of the procedures of the Internet
Governance Forum
         * Knowledge of the IRPC's work and output since 2008 and provide
insights into how they envisage taking the IRP Charter forward based on
achievements to date.
         * Can provide a vision for how the IRP Coalition can contribute to the
future of the IGF and advance the IRPC Charter work within the IGF and
         * Able to consolidate ongoing collaborations with partners from all
sectors and forge new ones.

Steering Committee Member

         * Experience with the IRPC for at least one year.
         * Demonstrate experience and knowledge of IG related themes, human
rights and IG Principles in particular.
         * Adherence to the Coalition's Aims (see:
         * Preferably, some knowledge and understanding of the procedures of
the Internet Governance Forum.
         * Demonstrate a commitment to the aims and objectives of the IRPC
Charter of Human Rights and Principles of the Internet
         * Indicate what roles and responsibilities they can carry as an SC
         * Able and willing to respond to SC emails and meeting calls in a
reasonable time.

Timeline and polling:

         * Nominations for new officers will be open for two weeks starting
today, 15 December
         * Elections will be open for two weeks starting 30 December.

IRPC list members will (i) vote or endorse (if uncontested) nominees
using an anonymized online polling tool.

In case you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Warm regards,

-Michael J. Oghia

IRPC Steering Committee Member (2020-2022) & election officer
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