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Greenpeace urges Canada to drop trade deal to save the Amazon
An environmental group is pleading with the Canadian government to reject a controversial trade deal it says would further fuel deforestation in the Amazon in a new letter addressed to Canada’s minister of foreign affairs.
Lessons from the struggle against the FTAA: continental unity to fight free trade
Grassroots movements from the Americas have accumulated experiences and a history of struggles for sovereignty and integration.
Chilean government’s political manipulation of Chile/European Union FTA negotiations
We call on social organisations to be attentive to what happens with the modernisation of the Association Agreement between Chile and the European Union.
Waitangi Tribunal claimants win on TPPA and data sovereignty
The Tribunal agrees that the CPTPP breaches the Crown’s obligations to Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and failed to protect Māori rights and interests in data and the digital domain.
Reject the RCEP trade agreement
The RCEP agreement was finalized without consulting agri-fisheries stakeholders, many of whom are directly affected by the treaty’s trade rules and concessions
Agriculture interest groups declare opposition to RCEP
Farmers, nongovernment organizations, and some members of the private sector said they oppose the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement.
Indonesia’s digital economy commitments in EU and RCEP trade agreements
In recent years, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have started to include rules for the digital economy as a result of pressure from Big Tech. This summary analyses the most important points being negotiated by Indonesia with the European Union and RCEP.
Debunking government claims on RCEP
As Trade Justice Pilipinas articulated in an earlier statement: “RCEP will further prop up a broken economic model that we need to radically transform in favor of one that is more resilient.”
UGTT to hold workshop on prospects and challenges of trade union action under AfCFTA
The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) is organising a workshop on “the prospects and challenges of trade union action under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Opportunities and risks.»
Transnational corporations and free trade in Mexico
This report examines how, over the last 30 years, Mexico has become one of the main industrial paradises on the planet.
Fighting for food sovereignty in Kenya and Uganda
Special podcast about the implications of free trade for African women, especially from a food sovereignty perspective.
Multinational corporations and COVID-19: Intellectual property rights vs. human rights
Transnational companies today rely more than ever on IPR to structure their global value chains, writes Peter Rossman
Indonesian civil society urged the Government to be cautious in taking position in Indonesia-EU CEPA negotiations related to Omnibus Law
In the process of developing negotiations, there are new policies issued by the two countries, such as the Job Creation Law (Omnibus Law) which was passed by Indonesia in 2020, and the EU New Trade Policy which was issued in February 2021, and these policies seem to have an impact on the IEU CEPA discussion.
African social movements demand that AU suspends undemocratic and pro-industry seed and GMO guidelines and processes
More than 50 African groups denounce how the African Union is using the African Continental Free Trade Area as a justification to push the seed harmonisation agenda.
Protests in Pakistan erupt against China’s belt and road plan
Protests have erupted in Pakistan’s port city Gwadar against a severe shortage of water and electricity and threats to livelihoods, part of a growing backlash against China’s multibillion-dollar belt and road projects in the country.
NGOs urge Slovenia’s minister to propose EU exit Energy Charter Treaty
Slovenian environmental NGOs have called on infrastructure minister Jernej Vrtovec to use the country’s EU presidency to propose a political discussion on the bloc exiting the Energy Charter Treaty.
Brexit: Western Sahara indy campaign takes UK Government to court
A CAMPAIGN group backing independence in Western Sahara is to take the UK Government to court over a post-Brexit trade agreement with Morocco.
More than 400 civil society organisations say: Leave the ECT by COP26
More than 400 are calling on political leaders across all European countries to prioritise climate policies, to stick to their climate commitments, and therefore to initiate withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty by COP26.
Nigerian govt asked not to ascent to Energy Charter Treaty
Nigerian labour unions and civil society organizations have urged the government not to assent to the ECT, explaining that the Treaty contains provisions for an Investor-State Dispute System (ISDS), which accords investors obscene privileges.
In honour of Aziz Choudry
The teams at GRAIN and bilaterals.org are extremely sad to share the news that we have lost a great comrade and friend, Aziz Choudry.