With the Trans-Pacific Partnership's 14th Round of negotiations coming to a end and word of the talks continuing well in to the new year, activist from Occupy DC, the nearest Occupy group to the negotiations venue in Leesburg, Va., have made sure the negotiators didn't finish up their secret talks without hearing the views of the 99%.
Our US friends at Citizen Trade Campaign (CTC) created a new program that allowed the public to send twitter-style messages to the trade negotiators at the latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Lessberg, Virginia.
Individuals sent their own personal tweet via the CTC website which were then projected up on a wall inside the resort where TPPA negotiators were meeting on Sunday, September 9.
Tweets such as "#TPP threatens the economy, the environment and democracy, not to mention the lives of millions!! I have a right to know what is being proposed in my name. #openTPP", sent by one individual on Sunday, helped send a powerful message, reminding negotiators that the world is watching them.
Fair Deal or No Deal!
Send the Minister for Trade and the Opposition Trade Spokesperson a message, or ask your local MP.
As pressure mounts to finish the Trans-Pacific (TPPA) trade negotiations, email Richard Marles and Julie Bishop directly to tell them your concerns about the TPPA and its corporate-influenced agenda.
In conjunction with our E- card campaign (see above) for individuals to send a message to the Minister about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), AFTINET has sent a letter to both the Trade Minister and the Prime Minister, which has been endorsed by 30 community organisations.
The letter asks the Minister to resist pressure from business and to implement government policy against special rights for foreign investors to sue governments (known as investor-state disputes) in the TPPA and other agreements. The Philip Morris Tobacco company is using this special right in an obscure 1993 Hong Kong-Australia investment agreement to try to undermine the recent High Court decision in favour or the government's plain packaging legislation.
Read on to see the full letter!
Check out the all the latest stories on the trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) circulating in the worlds Media.
AFTINET welcomes the High Court decision against big tobacco's challenge to plain packaging legislation as a vindication of the Government’s right to regulate tobacco as an addictive substance that still kills 15,000 Australians per year.
But the government still faces two more legal challenges from big tobacco, which is desperate to stop Australia setting an example by implementing the plain packaging recommendations of the World Health Organisation.
The Philip Morris tobacco company is currently suing the Australian government over its tobacco plain packaging legislation, using an obscure 1993 Hong Kong- Australia investment treaty despite being a US-based company. Big tobacco is also reportedly providing legal advice and funding to the Ukraine and Honduras Governments which have launched a complaint in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the grounds that the Australian legislation is contrary to a WTO intellectual property agreement.
“We welcome the European Parliament’s overwhelming cross-party decision to reject the ACTA, and hope that similar proposals in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations this week in San Diego will also be rejected,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.
AFTINET welcomes Parliamentary committee rejection of Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA) and condemns similar proposals in Trans-Pacific negotiations.
“We welcome the criticism of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, which has today released a report recommending a delay in ratification of the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.
Australia says no to investor rights to sue in leaked Trans-Pacific trade chapter, fair trade groups demand release of all text
High Jinx at the opening ceremony of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Dallas as the good people of Yes Lab helped protesters stage a mock award ceremony, announcing US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, with the "2012 Corporate Power Tool' award!