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

Celine Grillon international at actupparis.org
Wed Apr 10 06:59:42 PDT 2013


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Health Gap is also signing the call

Best

Céline GRILLON
International Advocacy Coordinator
Act Up-Paris

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Le 10 avr. 2013 à 12:00, Pauline Londeix a écrit :

> 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
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -
> 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
> 
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 
> 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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