[Ip-health] US, EU urged to keep TRIPS waiver open

Sangeeta Shashikant ssangeeta at myjaring.net
Mon May 13 10:53:09 PDT 2013

The New Nation
May 13, 2013 | 11:47 PM (BD Time)

US, EU urged to keep TRIPS waiver open . Staff Reporter

Several rights based organization led by Equity Bd has urged the
developed countries, specially the USA and EU not to seal the fate of
the TRIPS (Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights) agreement which
the WTO is planning to extend to the LDCs for the next five years with a
 'no roll back' clause.

It must be available to the LDCS until they become developed, the group
leaders said 
at a press conference yesterday at Jatiya Press Club. The decision on
the extension of the waiver will be taken at a WTO's TRIPS council
meeting in Geneva on June 11 and 12 as the existing waiver is going to
expire by the end of June.

The rights group urged the leaders of the developed nations and their
ambassadors in Dhaka to take note of the concerns of the LDCs including
Bangladesh. Any extension of TRIPS agreement with 'no roll back' clause
will only block the way of development of the poor nations, they said.
Haiti has already made a plea to this effect in November last year and
countries like Australia, Brazil and India have supported the request.
Senior academicians from more than 300 countries have also written to
the WTO supporting the move. Even companies like Google and Yahoo
supported it in view of its impact on development.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury ad Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD, Dr Wajedul
Islam Khan of Bangladesh Trade Union Centre, Monowar Mostafa of
Development Synergy Institute, Jahangir Hasan Masum of Coastal
Development Partnership, Desdemona Khan of VOICE, Badrul Alam of
Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust
 spoke on the occasion. Representatives of CSRL, NCCB, PRAN, Humanity
watch, Angikar, Online Knowledge Society, and BIPNetCCBD were also

They criticized the outlook of EU and USA which are insisting the
extension for only next five years with no "no roll back" facility.
They said it is against the spirit of TRIPS article 66.1 which accepts
flexibility in the system.

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