Activists in Switzerland are calling for a ‘Stop Palm Oil’ referendum opposing the Swiss free trade agreement (FTA) with Indonesia. They submitted thousands of signed petitions to the Federal Chancellery in Bern on Monday.
The agreement could have serious ecological and human rights repercussions, new study warns.
The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations.
The US House Ways and Means Committee said it opposed pursuing any type of trade agreement with the Bolsonaro government in Brazil, given its record on human rights and the environment.
This briefing is meant to provide a discussion for NGOs in Brazil who want to understand the implications of this deal for people and forests and take action.
Indigenous communities call for international solidarity to support for the vindication of rights of the comunities and peoples affected by corporate impunity and their struggle for a dignified life.
The EU-Mercosur trade deal comes at a tremendous expense for people and the planet. Dire consequences are looming both on regional and global levels.
Environmental safeguards within the agreement, which were already insufficient even before COVID-19, have now made the document outdated.
As is the case in all of the treaties, the parts that are not directly related to trade are non-binding, as the chapter on human rights is.
The EU launched the process to strip Cambodia of its preferential trade terms following the dissolvement of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) by the Cambodian government.
The European Union should press Vietnam to end its systemic repression of human rights and release political prisoners and detainees, Human Rights Watch said today.
Indonesia is currently a major perpetrator of human rights abuses against its own minority groups, specifically their LGBTQI community, which makes this partnership questionable in view of Australia’s signature on the UN Human Rights Charter.
The EU - Vietnam trade deal has simultaneously been criticized for rewarding a one-party state that is among Asia’s serial human rights abusers while making virtually no demands on Hanoi to improve its record.
European lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam, despite concerns about the human rights situation in the country.
The European Commission, which is responsible for negotiating the EU’s free trade deals, recognises Vietnam’s human rights record as a cause for concern. It stresses, however, that the deal will provide a platform to address such issues.
Despite Vietnam’s failure to meaningfully meet repeated requests for human rights improvements, a large majority in the International Trade Committee (INTA) voted in favour of granting swift consent to the agreements.
The Swiss government has delayed fully signing off on the expanded free-trade deal between EFTA and Turkey amid concern about human rights abuses.
Civil society organisations raise human rights concerns as UK seeks to roll over Morocco association agreement without due attention to the ongoing Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.
In coming weeks, the European Parliament is expected to take a binding decision on whether to approve, postpone or reject the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA).
As disputes over palm oil and nickel head to World Trade Organization, affected residents say they feel trapped.