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China: ‘Belt and Road’ projects should respect rights
The Chinese government should ensure the projects it finances or engages in under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) respect human rights, said Human Rights Watch.
The “push” factor: Central American farmers, free trade, and migration
Landless, subsistence, and small-scale farmers bear the brunt of the influx of competitive crops and price shocks that came with trade liberalization through CAFTA.
Malaysia might continue suspending FTA talks with EU and EFTA
Malaysia may continue to suspend FTA talks with the EU and EFTA until the issue of unfair and discriminatory practices against palm oil is resolved.
Indonesia, Malaysia send letter protesting EU palm oil curbs
The leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia sent a letter of objection to the European Union criticizing its decision to no longer consider palm oil as a green fuel and threatening the bloc’s ties with the countries.
The case of Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon: the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada closes the doors to end impunity
The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples´ Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity regrets the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the case of Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Trump’s damaged NAFTA deal
USMCA bears many resemblances to NAFTA, which has been cited as a driver of low-wage corporate outsourcing.
Myitsone dam is now a sovereignty issue
Public opposition to the controversial Myitsone Dam project is gaining momentum ahead of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s upcoming visit to China.
Chevron vs Ecuador: international arbitration and corporate impunity
The infamous story of the environmental pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon by Chevron-Texaco – which has come to be known as the "Ecuadorian Chernobyl" - is entering a new phase.
Indonesia pushes palm oil companies to take legal action against the EU
Indonesia’s government said will encourage the country’s palm oil companies to file lawsuits against the EU if the bloc goes ahead with a plan to phase out use of the commodity in renewable transport fuel.
Vancouver mining company Eco Oro sues Colombia over protection of Santurbán wetland
While Eco Oro claims to have invested US$250 million in the project, it is seeking US$764 million as compensation for the cancellation of the project.
IEU CEPA review must be made based on the human rights, not the interest of palm oil industry
Indonesian CSOs Coalition for Economic Justice urges the government to review Indonesia - EU CEPA based on human rights and not the interests of palm oil industry.
How palm oil sparked a diplomatic row between Europe and southeast Asia
From threats to cancel UK defence deals to pledges to stop imports of Norwegian salmon, European moves to restrict palm oil have enraged Malaysia and Indonesia.
Open for business. How corporate lobbyist influence the EU-Indonesia trade negotiations
Internal documents from the European Commission reveal that corporate lobbyists have privileged access to the EU trade officials, allowing them to influence the course of the negotiations EU-Indonesia.
No palm oil in the EU-Indonesia trade and investment agreement
Friends of the Earth and Walhi urge palm oil must be excluded from trade negotiations between Indonesia and the European Union.
Chevron Vs Ecuador: international arbitration & impunity (ISDS case)
In February of 2011 the Ecuadorian Courts delivered an historic verdict, sentencing the Big Oil Corporation Chevron to pay US$9,500 million dollars for its contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon (1964-1992). However, Chevron hit back via the Investor-State Dispute Settlement system and sued Ecuador.
Canada ordered to pay US concrete company $7M in NAFTA case
Long-running case began after New Jersey company’s bid to open a quarry in Nova Scotia rejected in 2007
EU-New Zealand FTA: Trade and Sustainable Development draft chapter (EU proposal, Feb 2019)
As released by the European Commission
Just, open and green
Trade is for and about people. It should never be separated from its social context. Trade should improve people’s lives and the public good.
Trumped-up: EU-US trade deal spells climate disaster
The EU now imports 112 percent more US soy than a year ago, flooding the market to feed EU factory farms. Bad news for animal welfare, bad news for the environment.
US soy for producing biofuels, an ‘unsustainable’ giveaway to Trump
The European Commission is set to authorise imports of soybeans from the US to produce biofuels. Soy has a comparably bad environmental impact as palm oil, say experts.