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Israel fumes over planned EU labelling of ‘settlement’ products
Few issues have caused more friction between Israel and the European Union than EU plans to impose labelling on goods produced in Jewish settlements on occupied land.
International trade: UN expert calls for abolition of Investor-State dispute settlement arbitrations
Trade must be made to work for human rights and development and not against them,” the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, has said
UK Court refers Western Sahara imports case to EU Court
In refering the case on the questionable legality of UK imports from Western Saharan products to the European Court of Justice, the UK Judge stated that "there is an arguable case of a manifest error by the [European] Commission in understanding and applying international law relevant to these agreements.”
Lack of local land rights harms fight against poverty, climate change - researchers
Indigenous people and local communities lack legal rights to almost three quarters of their traditional lands, sparking social conflict and undermining international plans to curb poverty, hunger and climate change.
Canada’s foreign policy fails to support human rights in Colombia
A new report Colombia in the Shadow of Human Right Abuses confirms that human rights violations have not abated over the four years since the implementation of the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement
UN expert says ’no’ to free trade deals ignoring Human Rights treaty obligation
United Nations Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas Thursday urged the UN system and Governments across the world to radically reform the international investment regime
HR standard and investor liability in the new model of Indonesian BITs
The Government plan to reassess the 64 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) that have been signed by Indonesia immediately.
Opposition mounts against regional trade pact threatening human rights
Less well known than the notorious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is engendering growing opposition because of its similar oppressive provisions.
Disposable people: Obama, the TPP, and the betrayal of human rights
The neoliberal regime that the TPP perpetuates has not made the world flatter for slaves, it has only made the elites richer and the poor more disposable.
Rejecting TPP a matter of human rights
Trade deal would put Canada in consort with nation plagued by trafficking, aggressive corps.
TPP in trouble: why we can win this fight!
Time is running out for a congressional vote on a completed TPP deal during President Obama’s term of office.
TPP, TTIP et TiSA – «des accords politiques visant de supprimer le modèle démocratique»
Alfred de Zayas, spécialiste renommé de droit international, présente toute la complexité de ces soi-disant accords de libre échange du point de vue du droit international.
In hurrying trade deal with Vietnam, the EU is bypassing its human rights obligations
FIDH and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights said that if finalised without conducting a human-rights impact assessment and without introducing the necessary human rights safeguards, the EU-Vietnam Free trade and investment agreement would be concluded in violation of EU law.
Blocked from trade pact by its failure on slavery, Malaysia suddenly gets a passing grade
The State Department on Monday took Malaysia off a list of countries with particularly egregious human trafficking records, clearing the path for the country’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, one of the top political priorities for the Obama administration.
Thai seafood products could be banned, warns MEP
A prominent lawmaker from the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries told EurActiv he would support giving a “red card” to Thailand, meaning banning the import of its fisheries products, if illegal fishing isn’t curbed, and if the practice of using slave labour is not abandoned.
Abuse and exploitation of migrants ignored in exchange for TPPA
The recent Reuters report on Obama’s move to upgrade the human rights status of Malaysia to allow the continuation of the negotiations of the TPPA gives a taste of what is to come, especially for migrants’ rights, if the trade deal will be signed.
TTIP and UN treaty: the EU must stand up for human rights
Adopting an ’empty chair’ policy in Geneva instead of engaging in a productive debate, next to the strong trans-institutional push for the Commission-backed TTIP, paints a grim picture of a Europe that puts corporate interest ahead of human rights and companies before people.
TPPA: Human rights experts identify human rights risks
Prominent human rights voices in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement countries have sounded the alarm on Human Rights implications of the agreement.
Valle de San Quintín labourers: a reflection of shame and demands for justice
San Quintín is a credible, contemporary sample of the different processes that make up the contemporary system of labour exploitation
UN experts voice concern over adverse impact of free trade and investment agreements on human rights
A group of UN experts have issued the following statement to express concern about the secret nature of drawing up and negotiating many of these free trade and investment agreements, such as TPP and TTIP, and the potential adverse impact of these agreements on human rights.