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[rpd] [Board-Discuss] RPD appeal committee

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Wed Jul 12 07:37:54 UTC 2017

Alan - further to this -

You said if I want it - ask for it - sorry to say this but that is simply not valid - the community asked for it - when they approved the current PDP - I should not have to ask for it - it should be there - and I take partial responsibility as an ex board member for missing this and not insisting on it during my time on the board - it was an oversight and I apologize to the community for that


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From: Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:28:42 AM
To: Alan Barrett; AfriNIC RPD MList.
Subject: Re: [rpd] [Board-Discuss] RPD appeal committee

Alan - it is required - the CPM (not the bylaws) require it as the community agreed to that CPM.

The problem you have with complaints being diverted via the board is as follows:

A.) it is well established practice - that I fully support - that board members may partake in their personal capacity in PDP meetings and the PDP process
B.) it is established fact that at points staff - including yourself - have expressed opinions on certain aspects (see Mauritius) - again - I fully support that - but it creates conflict
C.) The CPM says appeals must be filed within 2 weeks - I believe the intention on this is to ensure that information is clear and retained - and the delays by having the board constitute adhoc committees could have a detrimental affect on the process
D.) the process says nothing about submitting the complaint to anyone other than the committee - that cannot be done without the committee existing
E.) do I believe there is a need for such a committee? 100% - if such a committee existed and I had known it - I would have already appealed the decision to pass the review policy to last call - on substantial grounds.

So yes - that committee is mandated by the CPM - yes it is necessary - yes I want the ability as promised in the CPM to file my appeals directly with the committee - yes I do not believe the board should have any part in said committee outside of appointing it - and certainly should not appoint themselves as gateway to the committee when the CPM in no way caters for such a scenario

Again I ask - if I am told to file with the appeal committee - how do I do that without it existing - am I forced to push said appeal through the board - in which case please show me the sections of the CPM and the bylaws that allow the board to insert itself into this process


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From: Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:10:15 AM
To: AfriNIC RPD MList.
Subject: Re: [rpd] [Board-Discuss] RPD appeal committee

> On 12 Jul 2017, at 10:50, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at> wrote:
> Sorry Alan - but this is in direct conflict with what the CPM says, I quote:
>> if the disagreement cannot be resolved in this way, the person may file an appeal with an Appeal Committee appointed by the AFRINIC Board of Directors.
> It is impossible to file an appeal if there is no committee to file it with - and nowhere does this process give the board the right to decide when such a committee is necessary.
> Indeed as I have stated in my previous email - the board is conflicted as they have to ratify - and the right of community members to file appeals independent of the board must be respected - and that dictates that there be a sitting committee with whom to file said appeals

I don’t see the conflict that you claim. That sentence does not say when the committee needs to be appointed. My interpretation, shared by Afrinic’s legal advisor, is that the committee may be appointed at the time that it becomes necessary.

One possible process would be: a complainant informs the Baord of intent to file an appeal; the Board appoints an appeal committee; the complainant files an appeal with the appeal committee.

If you would like the appeal committee to be appointed even when there are no pending appeals, then I suggest that you ask for that, and give reasons. Please make it a discussion about whether or not a standing committee is a good idea, rather than whether or not the bylaws require it.

Alan Barrett

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