[Ip-health] MASSIVE RALLY on EU-India FTA in Delhi, 2 March

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Sun Feb 27 21:13:43 PST 2011


MEDIA ADVISORY: WEDNESDAY, 2 MARCH 2011

RALLY – 10am, Ramlila Ground to Jantar Mantar, Delhi
PRESS CONFERENCE – 2 pm, Foreign Correspondents’ Club

  HIV+ People From Across India and Asia Say –
“DON’T TRADE AWAY OUR LIVES” in the EU-India Free Trade Agreement


People living with HIV from across Asia who depend on affordable  
generic AIDS medicines to stay alive will urge the Indian government  
to stand strong against European Union demands on the sensitive  
intellectual property (IP) chapter in ongoing free trade agreement  
(FTA) negotiations.

The EU is pushing for harmful IP provisions to be included in the  
trade agreement that will hinder access to quality, affordable generic  
medicines produced in India, the “pharmacy of the developing world.”   
Affordable medicines produced in India have played a major role in  
scaling up AIDS treatment to more than five million people across  
Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Roughly 2,000 people living with HIV coming from different parts of  
India and Asia are expected to rally alongside the United Nations  
Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health in New Delhi to highlight  
the grave danger this FTA brings to countless human lives in  
developing countries by preventing the production, registration and  
distribution of quality affordable generic medicines.

World Trade Organization rules already obligated India to start  
granting medicines patents in 2005.  This is preventing production and  
access to affordable versions of Hepatitis C drugs and the new  
generation of cancer and HIV/AIDS drugs, some of which have already  
been patented in India.

At a press conference following the rally, patient groups will share  
their concerns about the impact of trade agreements on their lives,  
and will provide technical background on the intellectual property and  
investment provisions in the proposed FTA.


PRESS CONFERENCE:

When:         Wednesday 2 March 2011, 2pm
Where:         Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia, AB-19,  
Mathura Road, New Delhi

Speakers:

Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health

Rajiv Kafle, Asia Pacific Network of Positive People (APN+)

Abou Mere, Indian Drug User’s Forum (IDUF)

Loon Gangte, Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+)

Y.K. Sapru, Cancer Patients AID Association (CPAA)


For interviews and information contact:

Sheila Shettle:  +91.98.7180.0723    Shailly Gupta: +91.98.9997.6108


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Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org


Tel: +41 22 791 6727
Mobile: +41 76 508 0997








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