[Ip-health] Rally to oppose EU-India FTA - 10 April 2013, Delhi India

Ramya Sheshadri ramyasheshadri8 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 8 22:20:51 PDT 2013


*Join the rally to oppose EU-India FTA!*

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Around 2000 people including people living with HIV (PLHIV), patient groups
and public health activists will take to the streets and rally from *Barakhamba
road to Jantar Mantar* *at 11.00 am on 10 April 2013* to voice concerns and
protest against harmful provisions being pushed by the European Union in
the EU–India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations which would impede
access to affordable medicines in India and across the developing world.



Less than 10 days ago, the Indian Supreme Court refused a patent to the
Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis based on a strict and
narrow interpretation of the public health safeguard – Section 3(d). The
provision was introduced by the Indian Parliament out of concern on the
impact on access to medicines of complying with the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement.
Now the EU wants India to go beyond TRIPS and further extend monopolies
over medicines and delay the entry of affordable generic medicines.



On 10th April, the Hon’ble Prime Minister will be in Germany and the FTA is
at the top of the agenda. On 14-15 April, the Hon’ble Commerce Minister
will be in Brussels to iron out the differences on the FTA. The call for
early conclusion of EU-India FTA by the negotiating sides has left people
living with HIV, cancer patient groups and public health activists deeply
concerned.



Please note the assembly point would be the service lane which is at
Intersection of Mandi House Chauraha & Barakhamba Road as per the map
attached. We need to assemble here by 10:00 am in the morning.



The rally will be followed by a *press conference at 1 pm at the Press Club
of India*.



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