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Jailed journalist urges EU not to ratify FTA with Vietnam
Pham said of human rights in particular, it would go against the EU’s founding principles to condone the human rights record of Vietnam through the EVFTA.
EU-Singapore trade agreement: human rights in the spotlight (may be)
The free trade pact will test the European bloc’s ability to link trade liberalization to humanitarian issues while trying to enhance ties with ASEAN members. Singapore is a key trading partner for the EU, but its human rights record is troubling.
Environmental injustice: How treaties undermine the right to a healthy environment
Global investment governance needs to be redesigned for the 21st century, with people and the planet at the core.
Joint NGO letter on EU-Vietnam free trade agreement
Vietnamese and international civil society organisations, are writing to urge you to ensure that the European Parliament postpones its consent to the EVFTA and IPA until certain human rights benchmarks are met by the Vietnamese government.
Open letter to the European Parliament: Human rights before free trade with Vietnam
ACAT and 47 Vietnamese and international organizations urge members of the European Parliament to delay consideration of the free trade agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
On China, principles vs pragmatism
Australia needs to consider its moments to push human rights issues with its largest trading partner.
Australia should delay free trade deal with Hong Kong, ACTU says
Canberra must tread cautiously amid the political instability, the peak union body tells a parliamentary committee.
EU-Vietnam trade deal shows EU will bend human rights standards if the price is right
The new EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (FTA) shows the EU will look past human rights violations to push a trade agenda. But as FTAs with ASEAN states don’t offer the EU the same economic benefits, it’s unlikely the bloc will pen more in the near future.
EU seems to have forgiven Thai military ruler
EU is gaining a reputation in Southeast Asia for being hypocritical. Clearly, now, pragmatism is coming before principles, and values are to be provisional to trade policy.
EU-Philippine free trade agreement still on the table
The EU Commission or the Council never have adopted any decision to suspend the EU - Philippines FTA negotiation
The EU’s human rights and free trade conundrum
Today the EU looks to be perfectly happy to expand trade with authoritarian regimes with appalling human rights records when the economic gains are sufficiently large.
Human rights concerns stall PH free trade talks with EU
The European Union has suspended negotiations for a free trade deal with the Philippines partly due to concerns over human rights protection as the government wages war against illegal drugs.
340+ organisations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil
In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil.
Canada’s updated trade agreement with Israel violates international law
The agreement allows goods and services produced in the Israeli settlements to enter Canada on the same tariff-free terms as goods and services originating in Israel.
Climate change, CAFTA and forced migration
Climate change and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have destabilized the economies and lives of many in Central America and are driving migration.
Global anti-Chevron day objects corporate crimes and impunity
Thousands of demonstrators across all five continents have joined the International Anti-Chevron day to peacefully protest and display global crimes committed by the transnational company against human rights and the environment.
China: ‘Belt and Road’ projects should respect rights
The Chinese government should ensure the projects it finances or engages in under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) respect human rights, said Human Rights Watch.
The globalisation of border control and peoples’ resistance
A workshop aimed to promote a collective analysis of border control, focusing on the power and impunity of transnational corporations, militarization, the externalization of borders, and the link between free trade and migration.
A UN Treaty to reduce corporate impunity advances
The treaty is also a direct opposite of the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanisms adopted in trade deals, as they expand the powers of transnational corporations.