Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Must Uphold Core Principles of Human Rights

Author: Amnesty International, Published on: 6 September 2012

Negotiators from nine countries gathering outside Washington, D.C. to draft a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement must ensure that any new rules on copyright and patents adhere to core principles of transparency and uphold human rights, Amnesty International said today. “No one has the right to trade away our hard-fought legal protections for free speech and the right to health, and much less to do it behind closed doors,” said Suzanne Nossel, executive director for Amnesty International USA. “It is time for TPP negotiators to show the public their cards and, more importantly, the draft text of the agreement.” ...[Draft] TPP provisions related to patents for pharmaceuticals risk stifling the development and production of generic medicines... “Access to life-saving medicines is a right, not a privilege...,” Nossel said.

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