[Ip-health] The two French negotiators of ACTA file criminal “complaint against unknown person” over press release issued by Act Up-Paris last year

Jérôme Martin jeromemartin at samizdat.net
Thu Feb 16 08:17:33 PST 2012


Press release – Act Up-Paris – February 16, 2012

The two French negotiators of ACTA file criminal “complaint against
unknown person” over press release issued by Act Up-Paris last year

Last year (20th January 2011[1]), two civil servants of Bercy (the
French Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs), Patrice Guyot and
Jean-Philippe Müller, ordered Act Up-Paris to remove a press release on
the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) from its website in which
they were quoted. In this press statement [2], Act Up had stated that
the negotiators were  ‘responsible for the denial of democracy.’ The
negotiators threatened to sue Act Up-Paris and take the author of the
press release or any accomplice of the libel to court. We refused to
give in to their threat and did not hear anything from them since then.

A year later, last Monday (13th February 2012), Act Up-Paris received a
legal requisition issued by the Brigade on curbing against criminality
towards the people of Paris, acting on a “letter rogatory” from an
investigating magistrate from the county court of Paris, within the
scope of a complaint against person for libel. Patrice Guyot and
Jean-Phillipe Müller did file a complaint. While we are aware of the
slowness of the law, we cannot help but notice that this letter rogatory
has reached us after a year of silence from the court and the
plaintiffs, at a time when huge mobilization against ACTA is taking
place throughout the world. 

Act Up-Paris has been campaigning for more than two years on the dangers
of ACTA and of its consequences for access to medicines in developing
countries. This agreement has indeed been negotiated in total secrecy by
the European Commission and key developed countries, with support from
only a few developing countries. It is of great concern that those
negotiating ACTA are bypassing all the competent global institutions
where negotiations are held transparently (WHO, WTO,  etc.). At the
Ministry of Economics and Finances, the unit DGTrésor (ex DFTPE) has
been in charge of following the ACTA negotiations closely and working
closely with the European Commission which is also negotiating FTAs with
developing countries.

ACTA comes from Bercy with the same intention that is being followed for
the Free Trade Agreements being negotiated with several developing
countries including India. It is all about reinforcing the monopolies of
the patent holders and to restrict competition by generics. In order to
please the shareholders of the industries, they are jeopardizing the
access to treatment for millions of people in developing countries.
While HIV, tuberculosis and malaria kill millions of people each year,
while ACTA still has to be ratified by the European Parliament and while
the first rapporteur of the text just resigned denouncing this as farce
of transparency and democracy, this complaint against Act Up-Paris will
provide us with the opportunity to point out the responsibilities of
politicians and high level civil servants who took part in  writing
these agreements.

[1] http://www.actupparis.org/IMG/pdf/mise_en_demeure-Acta.pdf
[2] http://www.actupparis.org/spip.php?article4276

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