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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prominent human rights voices in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement countries have sounded the alarm on Human Rights implications of the agreement.
San Quintín is a credible, contemporary sample of the different processes that make up the contemporary system of labour exploitation
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.
Alfred de Zayas said the UN will publish a report in August to illustrate the flaws in current plans for the TTIP.
New Zealand’s John Key has defended his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, saying a free-trade agreement with the kingdom will allow the two parties to talk about a ‘range of issues’ including human rights abuses.
Secret negotiations on international trade deals threaten human rights, an independent United Nations expert said on Thursday in comments that appeared aimed at agreements the United States is seeking with the European Union and Pacific nations.
The EU Ombudsperson has found that the European Commission’s failure to carry out a human rights impact assessment in the negotiations for a trade and investment agreement with Vietnam constitutes "maladministration".
In many cases, international investment agreements have the purpose and/or effect of hijacking the international human rights system.
The World Parliamentary Forum calls on national and regional Parliaments to reject both free trade agreements (FTAs) that benefit corporations and major international investors, as well as abusive bilateral investment treaties (BITs), that some governments have already cancelled.
Five out LGBT members of Congress objected to the inclusion of two countries with anti-LGBT laws in a free trade deal that the Obama administration is currently negotiating and seeking to fast-track it for adoption.
The first significant test of Ireland’s reputation as defender of human rights comes today as the Dáil debates ratification of the EU Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru.
This article analyzes the restrictive approach adopted by investor-State arbitration tribunals to human rights arguments raised by host States, as exemplified in the case of the human right to water
The Obama administration has announced that Gambia is no longer eligible for trade benefits under AGOA amid growing concerns over the country’s LGBT crackdown and other human rights abuses. South Sudan is also dropped.
The main objective of this initiative is to subordinate the juridical-political architecture that sustains the power of transnational corporations to human rights norms and rules.
Governments in industrial countries regularly put pressure on developing countries to introduce stringent plant variety protection (PVP) regimes and to adhere to the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention, without duly considering its consequences on the enjoyment of human rights of vulnerable groups.