First up, we rallied support for the Panel by making joint statements and writing to governments and encouraging other NGOs to support it as well.
Now that the HRC has voted to go ahead with a panel, we will try to work closely with the Swedish government on the terms of reference, to suggest experts, share our research and mobilise engagement as part of the Connect Your Rights! Campaign.
Yes! The panel outcomes may be weak if the “experts” are not of high quality or there is weak or ill-informed engagement on the issues, or the sponsoring State does not co-ordinate the process well.
There is no set procedure for Panels. Generally, it is up to the leading sponsor State to coordinate the identification of panelists and the general concept note of the meeting. A panel consists of a 3 hour formal UN debate – usually introduced by 4-5 experts in the field and high level personalities. States and some NGOs respond to that with their political statements.
A Panel is often seen as the softest, risk-free step that the Council can take on an issue. Sometimes these kinds of panels are criticized because of that – too weak an option, not really doing anything, delay tactic etc. On the other hand it is a good entry point for a new issue and it’s safe in the sense that there is no automatic follow up.
En un contexto de creciente criminalización a las actividades de los usuarios y usuarias de internet, un grupo de organizaciones y activistas de la sociedad civil de América Latina declaran su compromiso por fortalecer los derechos humanos en las instancias locales, regionales e internacionales para la gobernanza de internet.
Tras la realización del evento en Asia el pasado mes de junio, el Intercambio sobre género y gobernanza de internet en América Latina tendrá lugar el 1 y 2 de agosto en la ciudad de México. Esta iniciativa se realizará en paralelo a la reunión de miembros latinoamericanos de APC.