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Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement text released

TPP negotiations

For more information on the TPP and how it affects human rights, see here.

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5 November 2015

Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Author: Released by New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The text of the TPP was released by TPP Parties on 5 November 2015 and can be accessed by Chapter below. Legal verification of the text will continue in the coming weeks. The Agreement will also be translated into French and Spanish language versions...

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5 November 2015

TPP trade deal: text published online

Author: Guardian (UK)

New Zealand has put the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) online, offering the first detailed look at the world's largest free trade deal, the most ambitious effort in years to remove barriers to commerce...While the deal allows multinational companies to challenge laws and regulations in private tribunals on the grounds they amount to unfair barriers to trade, it also includes safeguards against abusive claims and guarantees governments the right to enforce health, labor, safety and environmental regulations in the public interest. Countering worries that companies might be able to overturn local anti-smoking laws, countries can specifically ban tobacco companies from using the tribunals to challenge health regulations — likely to the consternation of US lawmakers from tobacco-producing states...The TPP also establishes mechanisms to handle disputes between foreign investors and governments. Proponents say such measures protect investors who fear local laws such as health and safety regulations could violate a trade deal and threaten their investments. But opponents say it allows commercial interests to force governments to change laws at the behest of private interests.

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