[A2k] Jerome Martin re ACTA

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Jun 15 08:55:18 PDT 2012

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From: Jérôme Martin <jeromemartin at samizdat.net>
To: a2k discuss list <a2k at lists.keionline.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:46:13 +0200
Subject: ACTA

  ACTA threats access to medicine over the World
 *Euro*-*deputies* must reject ACTA
 Paris,  12/06/15

*On Thursday,the 21st of June, the Euro-deputies of the International Trade
committee (INTA) will have to take a stand on the**ratification**of the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade **Agreement**(**ACTA**). They must vote AGAINST.
It is the life of hundred thousand of people that is at stake. It is the
fundamental freedoms of each citizen that are at stake. It is the
legitimacy of the European Parliament that is at stake.*

By establishing a confusion between legitimate generics and counterfeit
medicines, ACTA will allow their seizure and destruction. Though these
generics enable hundred thousand of people living with HIV to access
treatment and save their life. ACTA will endanger access to medicine
programs over the world. ACTA will kill. ACTA will*jeopardize*civil

*We raised concern about this for more than three years. We worked to put
this agreement under citizen control, although its negociators have tried
to keep it secret. Confronted to popular protests, the Commission referred
the text to the European Court of Justice with the aim of bypassingthe
public discussion. The EPP (European People's Party) is now claiming for a
deferm*ent of the European Parliament's vote until the Court's decision. *Those
undemocratic strategies have to be ended : it is the responsibility of
political representatives to take stand on an agreement that will deeply
affect the lives of citizens. Last April, the European Parliament's
socialist alliance decided to refuse the vote's deferment and we expect its
member to follow this stance.**There is no need for further element to
reject ACTA.*

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
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Washington, DC 20009 USA
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