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Special economic zones: engines of development or sites of exploitation?
Many SEZs have been associated with compressions of land, labour and human rights. Investment treaties protect investments against adverse regulatory change, including in SEZs. To date, investors have brought at least 20 arbitrations to challenge diverse aspects of SEZ regimes.
Challenging the far right’s nationalist opposition to free trade deals
Extreme right-wing, anti-immigration and Islamophobic parties tend to oppose so-called "free trade" agreements.
Australia-Indonesia free trade deal safe for now but Malaysian criticism swift
Indonesia could delay signing a planned free trade deal with Australia if Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, political analysts suggest, as the move would provoke deep anger in the lead up to the Muslim nation’s presidential election.
The real problem with free trade
Free trade has enabled a few companies to secure monopolies or near-monopolies, which has given rise to massive inequalities.
One hundred years of expropriation without compensation
On 29 July 1918, the British judiciary proffered the Empire’s most expressly and egregiously racist justification for the land dispossession of indigenous peoples. Today, an ICSID tribunal continues that mission. No matter which way Zimbabwean’s turn at the polls, they’re still paying for their invasion and occupation by Cecil Rhodes’ British South Africa company...
Dozens of grassroots groups want changes to ‘secret’ trade pact
While some states in East and Southeast Asia favor the 16-nation RCEP trade deal, many civil society groups say it lacks transparency and public participation.
China wants free-trade talks with Norway to be accelerated
Free-trade talks between China and Norway should be sped up, the Chinese government’s top diplomat told his Norwegian counterpart, as the two countries step up efforts to put a row over the Nobel Peace Prize behind them.
The separation of migrant families: cruelty as a migration policy
In an accentuated anti-immigrant context of clear criminalization of Central Americans and Mexicans without migratory documents in their attempt to enter the US, measures on the separation of thousands of families (most of them from Central America) are the new face of the racist nationalism of the American government and its current president.
Expanded free-trade agreement with Turkey attracts criticism
Eleven Swiss groups have called on parliament to refrain from ratifying a revised free-trade agreement with Turkey. They cited the country’s current political climate and human rights situation.
Humanitarian crisis scenarios, Central American migrants in Mexico
The current dimension of international migration is related to the global dynamics of neoliberal capitalism and its effects.
EU’s new trade deal with Mexico promotes CETA-style investors’ rights while ignoring human rights violations by multinationals
A key feature of the “modernisation” process is the inclusion of a controversial investment protection chapter with the same characteristics as the one recently included in the Canada-EU trade agreement.
Statement of Trade Justice Pilipinas : Human rights should be central to EU- Philippines partnership
Trade Justice Pilipinas is alarmed over reports that the European Union is wavering on its commitment to protect and promote human rights in the context of its long-term strategic partnership with the Philippines.
Sacrificing sovereignty and human potential in the name of economic growth
Why are countries so gripped in their quest for economic growth that they are empowering multinational corporations at the expense of their citizens?
FTA Switzerland – Indonesia: Respect human rights and nature – keep palm oil outside!
Palm oil must be excluded from the free trade agreement between Switzerland and Indonesia. In an open letter to Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, Swiss environmental, human rights, consumer and farming organizations are calling for this.
Singapore takes the hot seat: Steering Asean amid challenges
As Singapore becomes chairman of grouping, it hopes to get members to share common vision on terrorism, climate change and trade.
EU Commission eying new fish deal including Western Sahara
Not awaiting the EU Court of Justice’s verdict on the legality of the current fisheries protocol with Morocco over the inclusion of Western Sahara’s waters, the EU Commission is already thinking out loud about its successor.
Free trade or women’s rights?
After 30 years of neoliberal globalization, it has been increasingly acknowledged that austerity, privatization, deregulation of finance, markets and corporations, and trade and investment liberalization have had a devastating and discriminatory impact on women.
Joint statement by European NGOs: No EU trade agreement with Mexico without ex-ante sustainability impact assessment!
Given the catastrophic human rights situation, enormous social inequality and persistently high levels of poverty in Mexico the question of the social, human rights and environmental impact of the "modernization" of the EU-Mexico Trade Agreement is of paramount importance.
Trade agreements: Freer rein for corporations
NAFTA forms a part of this politico-legal apparatus of domination. Human rights and corporate rights share no common ground; there has been a thorough overturning of the hierarchy, the normative pyramid, of the human rights protection system.