Another reason ICANN should respect human rights

In a recent WIPO UDRP decision the learned Panellist explicitly recognised that fundamental rights (in the case, the right to freedom of expression) was not limited to the United States.

What is astounding about this, is that anyone could have ever thought otherwise!

The travails suffered by Europe in the 1940s resulted in a recognition of these fundamental values. (I see physical evidence of this every day — there is are three former forced labour camps within ten minutes walk of the Registry offices!).

It really is time for ICANN to stop procrastinating, and recognise that the entire set of values that are set out (inter alia) in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are “relevant” to its work.

Or is it the case that it is simply afraid that it is too high a standard for it to maintain?

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