ICANN fails to follow its own Bylaws and procedures says IRP panel

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“Our bylaws are very important to us. They capture our mission of security, stability and accessibility, and compel the organization to be open and transparent.” — from the ICANN website

ICANN may claim its bylaws are important, but apparently ICANN doesn’t follow its bylaws. At least that is what an IRP panel ruled yesterday in the DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Trust Case #50117T108313, full decision here (pdf), stating “In the Panel’s unanimous view, it would be unfair and unjust to deny DCA Trust’s request for interim relief when the need for such a relief by DCA Trust arises out of ICANN’s failure to follow its own Bylaws and procedures.” (emphasis added)

The details of how ICANN failed to “follow its own Bylaws and procedures” are set out in full in the decision. Suffice to say, this is one more reason for the global multistakeholder community to question ICANN’s pretenses of competency and accountability. Excerpt from the decision (pp.7-8) is set out in the graphics below:

graphic of page 7 of IRP Panel decision in DCA Trust and ICANN case

graphic of portion of page 8 of IRP Panel decision in DCA Trust and ICANN case
Adapted from expvc.com

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