Despite Vietnam’s failure to meaningfully meet repeated requests for human rights improvements, a large majority in the International Trade Committee (INTA) voted in favour of granting swift consent to the agreements.
The Swiss government has delayed fully signing off on the expanded free-trade deal between EFTA and Turkey amid concern about human rights abuses.
Civil society organisations raise human rights concerns as UK seeks to roll over Morocco association agreement without due attention to the ongoing Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.
In coming weeks, the European Parliament is expected to take a binding decision on whether to approve, postpone or reject the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA).
As disputes over palm oil and nickel head to World Trade Organization, affected residents say they feel trapped.
Pham said of human rights in particular, it would go against the EU’s founding principles to condone the human rights record of Vietnam through the EVFTA.
The free trade pact will test the European bloc’s ability to link trade liberalization to humanitarian issues while trying to enhance ties with ASEAN members. Singapore is a key trading partner for the EU, but its human rights record is troubling.
Vietnamese and international civil society organisations, are writing to urge you to ensure that the European Parliament postpones its consent to the EVFTA and IPA until certain human rights benchmarks are met by the Vietnamese government.
ACAT and 47 Vietnamese and international organizations urge members of the European Parliament to delay consideration of the free trade agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Australia needs to consider its moments to push human rights issues with its largest trading partner.
Canberra must tread cautiously amid the political instability, the peak union body tells a parliamentary committee.
The new EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (FTA) shows the EU will look past human rights violations to push a trade agenda. But as FTAs with ASEAN states don’t offer the EU the same economic benefits, it’s unlikely the bloc will pen more in the near future.
EU is gaining a reputation in Southeast Asia for being hypocritical. Clearly, now, pragmatism is coming before principles, and values are to be provisional to trade policy.
The EU Commission or the Council never have adopted any decision to suspend the EU - Philippines FTA negotiation
Today the EU looks to be perfectly happy to expand trade with authoritarian regimes with appalling human rights records when the economic gains are sufficiently large.
The European Union has suspended negotiations for a free trade deal with the Philippines partly due to concerns over human rights protection as the government wages war against illegal drugs.
In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil.
The agreement allows goods and services produced in the Israeli settlements to enter Canada on the same tariff-free terms as goods and services originating in Israel.
Climate change and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have destabilized the economies and lives of many in Central America and are driving migration.