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PBI-Switzerland notes referendum on free trade deal with Indonesia as Canada launches consultation on similar agreement
Human rights defenders on the ground have been drawing attention for many years to the negative consequences of palm oil cultivation for small farmers, indigenous people and the environment.
Alternative trade for the planet
Tackling the climate and environmental crises is more urgent than ever and global momentum to do so is building rapidly. Yet international trade law lags behind and threatens to choke off serious action.
Artists and academics in Montréal oppose Canada-Israel free trade agreement in stand for Palestinian rights
More than 150 artists and academics and over 20 trade unions, cultural organizations, student groups and indigenous collectives in Montréal are calling on the Canadian government to cancel the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
RCEP: an unjust deal and added burden in the time of a pandemic
RCEP will only deepen inequalities that already exist and were exacerbated further by the pandemic. It will further undermine the livelihoods of farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples and rural women, and threaten jobs for workers.
Busting myths around the Energy Charter Treaty
Amidst growing concerns that the ECT undermines urgent climate action, its corporate profiteers, the ECT Secretariat, and others are spewing propaganda, promoting falsehoods about how the treaty attracts clean investment.
Deal with climate change, not climate deniers: How the EU-Mercosur trade deal threatens the environment and human rights
This trade agreement aims to boost an export-oriented agricultural model that harms small-scale farmers, indigenous peoples, traditional and rural communities, in Mercosur and EU countries.
Urgent call from international CSO to Ecuador on the Chevron case
150 organizations are asking the government of Ecuador to appeal the arbitration award issued by the Dutch justice system in favor of the oil transnational Chevron.
In spite of its many sponsors, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) goes into the wall
The sharp decline in manufactured goods trade and the growing food deficit over the past 25 years call for the African Union to be more modest in its ambitions to become “the next world manufacturing center”, far from the free trade illusion of the AfCFTA.
Deep and comprehensive dependency
How a trade agreement with the EU could devastate the Tunisian economy.
The EU-Mercosur agreement: increasing pesticide use and GMOs, and undermining healthy food production and standards
The EU-Mercosur agreement is inconsistent with the EU’s recently announced Farm-to-Fork Strategy, which aims to dramatically reduce pesticide use and completely ban any residue on food of pesticides not registered for use in the EU.
Open letter from climate leaders and scientists to signatories of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)
Withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty because it impedes the transition to clean energy.
“It did not go well” - Barrick continues pressure on Papua New Guinea government while ignoring human rights
Barrick is offering the government of Papua New Guinea to pause legal proceedings upon signing of a framework agreement to reverse the decision not to grant it a licence renewal for its former Porgera mine.
New report: The EU ignores its own court on conflict trade
The report shows the efforts that the EU is taking to politically undercut the ruling of EU Court of Justice that prevented products from occupied Western Sahara from being part of EU’s trade agreements with Morocco.
Human rights, environment and climate protection before profits
Three principles to reshape trade and investment to overcome the crisis.
EPAs, the height of the European Commission’s foolishness in perpetuating the colonisation of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by shooting itself in the foot
The imposition of Economic Partnership Agreements to ACP countries, where 94% of the population is concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, is based on a series of 12 lies.
RCEP, a threat to our rights - POP
RCEP is a threat to people’s rights. Thus, it is imperative that the people push back the neoliberal narrative of RCEP and confront the corporate dictates over economic and political policies.
Women’s rights groups angered on decision to sign RCEP
Women’s movement from Asia and the Pacific is angered by the decision of ASEAN and its five trading partners to sign RCEP. The trade agreement will cover 30% of the world’s population and women farmers, women workers and women-led small enterprises will be the worst hit from this trade agreement.
RCEP will impact the future of developing countries
In a webinar held on 10th November, economic experts, business owners, civil society organisations and parliamentarians expressed their concerns about RCEP, a mega free trade agreement which is likely to be signed on November 15, 2020.
Women’s movement across Asia and the Pacific demand #NoRCEP
As the 10 ASEAN countries and their 5 trading partners get ready to sign the anti-people trade deal, the countries must conduct social and human rights impact analysis on RCEP before signing or ratifying it.
Labour unions in Asia Pacific condemn RCEP deal
Labour unions in Asia Pacific condemn this outcome and will continue working with our affiliates and allies to intervene in the enactment, ratification and implementation process of RCEP.