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MPs consider delay in trade agreement ratification amidst concerns about human rights abuses in Hong Kong

September 5, 2019: Concern about human rights abuses against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong could lead to a delay in the ratification of the Hong Kong trade and investment agreements. This comes after civil society and Union groups, including AFTINET and the ACTU, called on the government to delay voting on the implementing legislation for the agreements until after the human rights situation was resolved.

La Via Campesina calls for International Day of Struggle against WTO and Free Trade Agreements

September 4, 2019: International peasant’s Movement, La Via Campesina, has called for an International Day of Struggle against the WTO and Free Trade Agreements on September 10. The event marks the anniversary of the death of South Korean farmer and activist Lee Kyung Hae, who took his own life at the WTO ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico in 2003.

Media reports suggest companies could use ISDS against a future UK Labour government

August 19, 2019: The Financial Times is reporting that a future UK Labour government could face a flood of ISDS claims if it were to attempt to nationalise utility services. The report comes after the Labour Party announced its plan to nationalise the energy grid and other unities if it were elected in the next general election, and warned that compensation could be below market value.

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