[Ip-health] [ALERT] Global week of action on Free Trade Agreement, starting now - Your contribution is key!

Pauline Londeix actupbasel at gmail.com
Wed Apr 10 03:00:21 PDT 2013


Dear all,
[cf. le lien de l'appel également en français plus bas]

Please find below a call for action against European Free trade agreements
(FTAs) negotiated by the European Commission with several countries
including India.
This call for action has been co-signed by ACT UP-PARIS, APN+, DNP+, FTA
WATCH, ITPC MENA, LAWYERS COLLECTIVE, STOP AIDS CAMPAIGN UK, WORLD AIDS
CAMPAIGN

The EU and India are about to sign a bilateral agreement in negotiation
since 2007. According to our last informations, some harmful provisions,
within the investment and IP enforcement chapters are still in the text. As
you know, these provisions will have very harmful consequences for the
production and the export of Indian generic medicines.

In addition, the EU/India FTA is only a starter for the European Commission
who is planning to negotiate (/and has already started to negotiate) FTAs
with many other developing countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia,
Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia. Within these new FTAs, the EC will be pushing
for the same harmful provisions including patent term extension and data
exclusivity.

Starting from NOW and until the 15th, a global week of action is taking
place across the world to tell the European Commission it has to stop its
deadly trade policy now !

The call of action is available below and at this link :
http://itpcmena.org/?The-attack-on-the-right-to-health

Your contribution to this global week of action will be key to tell India
to refuse this trade deal and to tell Europe to stop this trade policy !

[Cet appel à action est également disponible en français à ce lien :
http://www.itpcmena.org/?SEMAINE-MONDIALE-D-ACTION-CONTRE in

Best,


Pauline Londeix
Adviser on Intellectual Property and Access to medicines
ITPC Middle East & North Africa
Cell. Morocco : +212 (0) 625 222 325 // Cell. France : +33 (0) 647 984 858
www.itpcmena.org - skype : paulinelondeix






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ACTION ALERT!!!! ACTION ALERT!!!!

ACT UP-PARIS, ASIA PACIFIC NETWORK OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS (APN+),
DELHI NETWORK OF POSITIVE PEOPLE (DNP+), FTA WATCH (THAILAND), ITPC in the
Middle East & North Africa, LAWYERS COLLECTIVE, STOP AIDS CAMPAIGN UK,
WORLD AIDS CAMPAIGN

EUROPE’S TRADE POLICIES UNDERMINING HEALTH IN DEVELOPING AND LEAST
DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

IMMENSE PRESSURE TO FINALISE EU-INDIA FTA IN APRIL

EU’S DANGEROUS FREE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS SPREAD ACROSS ASIA, AFRICA & LATIN
AMERICA

ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MEDICINES UNDER THREAT ACROSS THE DEVELOPING WORLD

GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST EU’s FTAs
9 – 15 APRIL 2013

The majority of the 8 million people living with HIV on treatment in the
developing world are on Indian made generic ARVs. But the EU is pushing for
harmful intellectual property (IP) and investment provisions in FTA
negotiations that will restrict the production and supply of generic
medicines from India.

On 14-15 April 2013, in an attempt to finalise the EU-India FTA, the EU
will put immense pressure on the Indian Commerce Minister to trade away
these people’s lives. So far India has remained strong by refusing to
include any TRIPS-plus provisions in the FTA, but the latest leaked text
shows that the EU continues to pressure India. How much pressure can India
withstand?

And it isn’t just India. EU FTA negotiations have started with Malaysia &
Vietnam. In March this year, negotiations were announced with the
Philippines & Thailand - another key producer of generic medicines. And
it’s spreading across Africa and Latin America as well. The same harmful
intellectual property and investment provisions are likely to feature in
these negotiations as well.

The EU is also creating obstacles for the Request of Least Developed
Countries (LDCs) for an extension of time to comply with the TRIPS
Agreement, although it is the LDC’s LEGAL RIGHT to get this extention.

GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION
9 – 15 APRIL 2013

BETWEEN 9TH AND 15TH APRIL 2013, GLOBAL HEALTH AND HIV ACTIVISTS & GROUPS
ACROSS THE WORLD WILL JOIN FORCES TO PROTEST AGAINST THE EU’S DANGEROUS
TRADE AGENDA, SENDING EUROPE A CLEAR MESSAGE:

THE ATTACK ON THE RIGHT TO HEALTH AND ACCESS TO MEDICINES MUST STOP NOW!

JOIN US! WHAT can YOU DO?

TELL THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTLY: Is there is a European Commission
office or the embassy of any European Union member state in your country?
Take your message directly to them. You can find the EC office in your
country here. http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/index_en.htm

SUPPORT YOUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT IN SAYING NO TO THE
EU: Our governments are under considerable pressure from the EU. Support
them in saying no. Please also write to the Indian embassy in your country
or meet them and convey your support. A list of Indian embassies abroad is
available here http://www.mea.gov.in/indian-missions-abroad.htm

SIGN ON: AVAAZ has launched a sign-on campaign asking the Indian Commerce
Minister to say no to EU’s demands. Sign the petition & get everyone you
know to sign it too:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/indiaeu_free_trade_agreement_new/?bbdQrbb&v=23838

TWEET YOUR PROTEST: On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April send a message
to @EU_Commission on Twitter demanding them to stop the attack on access to
medicines.

Send messages, pictures, videos or even links to media articles from your
protests. We need to make sure they hear our voices loud and clear, "STOP
THE ATTACK ON AFFORDABLE MEDICINES ACROSS THE WORLD".

Don't forget to add the hashtag #EUHandsOFF

Let's keep the pressure on and get this trending!

You can find a facebook event for this action here >> http://on.fb.me/Z1XMAr


Please SHARE widely!

And spread the word: Even though you might not be able to support the
demonstrations you can help us by spreading the word about the EU’s deadly
trade policies. Write an editorial in your local paper. Hold a press
conference. Issue a press release or press statement.

REMEMBER
Email all pictures, videos, statements, letters of your actions to:
shiba.p at gmail.com and shiba at apnplus.org

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The EU-India FTA: Since 2007 the EU has been in FTA negotiations with the
Indian government. Repeated leaks of the negotiating text show that the EU
is pressuring India to adopt intellectual property and investment
provisions that will jeopardize generic medicines. Known as “TRIPS-PLUS”
provisions these provisions go far beyond what is required by the WTO and
are designed to prevent or seriously hamper generic production. The UN,
UNITAID, Global Fund have all spoken out against such provisions but the EU
refuses to listen. The FTA negotiations are in their final lap. This week
the Indian Prime Minister will visit Germany and the Indian Commerce
Minister will visit Brussels and the EU intends to pressure them on the
FTA. India must say no.

•  Read the UN Special Rapportuer on the right to health’s report on the
negative impact of TRIPS-plus provisions and FTAs on access to medicines:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/11session/A.HRC.11.12_en.pdf

•  Read about the EU’s harmful demands:
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/article.cfm?id=5757

•  Read about the global protests against the EU FTAs here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-EU-India-Free-Trade-Agreement/144687138908841?fref=ts


The EU’s other FTA negotiations: India is not the only developing country
that the EU is pressuring to adopt these dangerous provisions. Even if the
Indian government succeeds in saying no to the EU but other countries sign
these provisions their ability to manufacture or import generic medicines
will be severely hampered.

•  Find out if your country is also in negotiations with the EU and support
them in saying NO to the EC’s dangerous demands.
http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2006/december/tradoc_118238.pdf

The LDC request and the EU’s response: Under the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement,
Least Developed Countries or LDCs, the poorest and most vulnerable
countries in the world have an automatic RIGHT to postpone the application
of the TRIPS Agreement including the patent system in their countries, once
they officially request such a postponement. In 2012, the LDCs submitted an
official request to the WTO for an extension of the transition period, in
view of their numerous constraints. However while developing countries and
NGOs have supported the LDCs’ request, the US and EU have joined hands in
creating obstacles for the LDCs in getting the extension.

•  Read about the hurdles created by the EU on the LDC proposal here:
http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/intellectual_property/info.service/2013/ipr.info.130301.htm

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