Latin American communities raise concern about Transpacific Partnership trade deal’s effects on region
- Year: 2013
- Length: 7:03 minutes (6.46 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
This week in Lima, Peru protesters have gathered outside a hotel where trade representatives and corporate lobbyists are meeting for the latest round of talks on an international trade deal, called the Transpacific Partnership, or TPP. The trade pact would govern a wide range of issues, including access to medicine, food safety, financial deregulation and the expansion of copyright rules. Standing in front of the JP Marriott Hotel in Lima this week, Katitza Rodriguez, the international rights director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the process has restricted public access.
“In this negotiation, they are just having the old style way of doing policy, which is make people from civil society on the street, without being able to actually have access to the actual text of the agreement see what each state is saying.”
That video from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been monitoring the talks. A new report from the Democracy Center looks at international investment rules and the arbitration tribunals that are created and supported by trade deals like the TPP. The report is called, Unfair, Unsustainable and Under the Radar and the lead author is Thomas McDonagh. FSRN contributor Aldo Orellana Lopez contributed research to the Democracy Center report, but he was not involved in the recording, editing or producing of this segment. Thomas McDonagh joins us from Cochabamba, Bolivia. To access the report from the Democracy Center: http://democracyctr.org/