Resolution 1999-12

Decisions Document Number
Long Title
Resolution on Review of Observer Status

CONCERNED that the laws of some Contracting Governments have been violated by international
organisations having or seeking observer status in the IWC.

CONCERNED that some Contracting Governments of the IWC, in particular small developing countries, have
received threats of economic coercion and threats against individuals, due to the policies expressed in this

AWARE of the fragile nature of the economies in small developing countries making them particularly
vulnerable to threats of economic boycott.

WISHING to address the concerns voiced in a constructive and effective manner.
DECIDES that the Advisory Committee consider the following addition to the Rules of Procedure and report
to the 51
st Annual Meeting:
“The accreditation of an international organisation referred to in [Rule of Procedure] C.1.(b) would be subject
to immediate review and decision upon submission to the IWC by a Contracting Government of legal evidence
that such an organisation has violated the laws of the Contracting Government or has threatened any
individual; or upon submission of documentation that such an organisation has caused economic hardship to
the Contracting Government because of participation or views expressed in the IWC.”