At a recent conference of international HIV/AIDS groups, many expressed their concerns about the provisions on patent protection in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, arguing that these could reduce access to cheap medicines for many people in need.
People on five continents took action leading up to the Lima negotiations, with a focus on World Fair Trade Day on May 11.
In Australia there were protests in Sydney and Melbourne.Photos are at
Educational events about the TPP took place in the United States in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, St Louis, Washington. Detroit, New York, Berkley, San Antonio, Chicago and Tampa.
MSF Activist Stephen Cornish's opinion piece in the Canadian National Post shows how TPPA proposals on medicines would limit access to affordable medicines in Canada, and have even more devastating impacts in developing countries
Wall Street Seeks to Change Dodd Frank rules Via Trade Deals
U.S. bankers and insurers are trying to use trade deals, which can trump existing legislation, to weaken parts of the Dodd-Frank Act designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.
Their effort is drawing fire from groups who argue that Wall Street wants to make the trade negotiations a new front in its three-year campaign to stop or alter the law.
Chile’s former chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA) Rodrigo Contreras warns that TPPA proposals will restrict options for development in health and education, in biological and cultural diversity and in the design of public policies
South American consumer groups say proposals at TPP negotiations in Peru would weaken protections for consumers on food, privacy and labor standards
A coalition of organisations has started a ‘Fair Deal’ campaign against copyright provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement
The Fair Deal coalition includes the Australian Digital Alliance, Electronic Frontiers Australia and InternetNZ and represents Internet users, schools, universities, consumers, IT firms and business.
It has called on TPP negotiators to reject copyright proposals which would restrict internet use by requiring [the] termination of Internet access for infringement of copyright or encourage service providers to police Internet use
As TPPA negotiations begin in Peru, a US mining company is suing the Peruvian government because it dared to fine the company for pollution and lead poisoning
International trade agreements bring new transnational food companies into countries, along with new food advertising and promotion. This has often led to an increase in unhealthy foods entering the domestic market. The TPPA could go even further and increase the influence of the food industry on domestic regulatory regimes and policies. See the link to the Conversation blog