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Leading environmental groups urge Congress to oppose a pro-polluter NAFTA 2.0
The renegotiated NAFTA fails to meet the baseline standards for environmental and climate protection that the environmental community has consistently called for.
Open letter on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)
We – 278 environmental, climate, consumer, development, and trade related civil society groups, as well as trade unions – believe that the ECT is incompatible with the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.
EU-Mercosur trade deal will intensify the climate crisis from agriculture
The reality is that the EU-Mercosur FTA will cause a serious increase in global greenhouse gas emissions.
Explosive leaked trade papers show NHS, chlorinated chicken already on table in US trade talks
Trade deal with Trump would threaten public services, consumer protection and online rights.
Open letter demanding the release of the RCEP text
Representatives of workers, farmers, women, indigenous peoples, environment, public health and patient groups, and other civil society organisations demands the release of the RCEP text
India has to withdraw formally and fully from RCEP negotiations & similar FTAs: Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements (ICCFM)
Reacting to the developments in Thailand, with countries in RCEP negotiations deciding to go ahead for now without India, farmer leaders in India stated that this is a good development, and that India will not lose in any manner.
Interview with Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)
In this interview, we discuss the PACER+ trade deal, the post Cotonou talks with the EU and the influence of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific region.
Joint NGO letter on EU-Vietnam free trade agreement
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.
Giant RCEP regional trade deal text without India must be released and evaluated before signing says AFTINET
India’s departure from the RCEP announced yesterday in Bangkok is not only caused by India’s resistance to lower tariffs. There is a hidden agenda of non-tariff issues that could restrict future government regulation by giving more rights to global corporations.
Stop the unfair investor-state dispute settlement against Africa
Civil society and trade union statement to oppose the recent World Bank Court ruling against Tanzania.
We demand trade justice reject RCEP and corporate trade deals
Trade Justice Pilipinas have come out on the streets over the last few weeks to lead various protest actions across the region against the RCEP—touted as the biggest regional free trade and investment deal.
No RCEP is better than a bad deal for India
The Forum for Trade Justice is of the opinion that the Government of India should not agree to the RCEP as it will be a bad deal for democracy, for farmers, workers.
Unions call on government of India to withdraw from mega economic treaty RCEP
Ten Central Trade Unions (CTUs) have called on the Government to withdraw from the RCEP negotiations due to concerns over its possible negative impacts on workers and the economy.
New AFTINET fact sheet: The impact of trade and investment rules on public health
Trading away our health: How trade and investment rules put corporate rights ahead of public health.
Activists demand Trade Democracy at the site of Peterloo
200 years ago, democracy activists died in Manchester, while peacefully campaigning for the vote. On the bicentennial of the massacre, activists protested against the threat to democracy from the corporate court system.
Peasants and small scale food producers in India intensify their protest against RCEP free trade agreement
On 24th October and thereafter, thousands of farmers organized under the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movement (ICCFM) and ally groups carried out coordinated actions and demonstrations reject RCEP.
Call for regional action against RCEP
Unions in Asia Pacific hold a series of synchronised actions, to voice their positions and opposition to RCEP deal.
Free Trade Agreements are fueling and shaping the oppression and injustice against women
Women gathering resulted in several demands from the grassroots women, urging the new elected government of Indonesia to stop negotiating FTAs. Women demand “no more FTAs"
AFTINET fears that assurances sought by Labor will not prevent harmful impacts from Indonesia and other trade deals
Organisations representing millions of Australians wrote to Labor MPs last week asking them to implement their policies against harmful proposals including special rights for foreign investors to sue governments for millions over domestic laws.
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