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[rpd] Softlanding-Bis decision appeal

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Fri Dec 1 08:19:57 UTC 2017

Hi All,

Considering the decision to take the soft-landing bis policy into last call yesterday - the following individuals wish to state that we are officially appealing the decision by the co-chairs in this regard:

Ben Maddison
Andrew Alston
Mark Elkins
Christopher Mwangi

Over the last 2 years there have been sustained and unaddressed objections to this policy.  There have been multiple requests by this community to withdraw this policy.  There was a statement by the authors in Mauritius that the policy would be withdrawn that was reneged.  The list archives clearly show that there was - and remains opposition to this policy.  The rules of the PDP are clear - consensus is not based on what is said at the floor of the meeting alone, but is derived from the sum total of comments and objections both on the floor and the lists - and includes any objections that are sustained and unaddressed.

While we are happy to engage with the chairs on this issue in the public forum that is this list - we also see little hope of resolution without going to the formal appeal committee should the chairs not decide to reverse their decision, which we believe was taken in error.

We also welcome any other individuals who wish to add their names to this appeal - and note that individuals wishing to do so, by the appeal process, are free to join the appeal process irrespective of their comments or lack of comments on the policy to date - since the appeal surrounds procedural error - rather than the content of the specific policy itself.

Further emails will follow in due course detailing the objections raised on the list and the floor of previous meetings that have never been addressed, and we will clearly demonstrate the error that was made in the consensus declaration.

Further to this - any of the appellants reserve the right  to continue to contribute during the last call for the duration of the appeal and may continue to state their objections during the last call - so that in the event of this appeal failing - and consensus in last call being declared - the ground work is laid for a second appeal.

Yours Sincerely

Andrew Alston

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