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Court action to challenge secret trade negotiations

Press Release – Oxfam Today Oxfam New Zealand joins others in the High Court to lodge urgent legal action against the decision to keep Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) texts secret from New Zealanders.Court action to challenge secret trade negotiations August 5, 2015 Today Oxfam New Zealand joins others in the High Court to lodge urgent legal action against the decision to keep Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) texts secret from New Zealanders. Oxfam New Zealand is joining other organisations in an urgent High Court application to challenge the secrecy of TPPA documents. Earlier this year Trade Minister Tim Groser refused to release TPPA documents under an Official Information Act request. The organisations bringing this legal challenge are seeking to have the Minister’s decision judicially reviewed. Last week a meeting of trade ministers and officials from the 12 countries negotiating the TPPA failed an attempt to finalise the agreement. It is understood that negotiations will continue, though it is not known when. Oxfam has previously called for more transparency in the secretive negotiations, arguing that it is a threat to New Zealanders principles of fairness in trade, and to the models of good democracy for developing countries, to have no opportunity to scrutinise the text of this sweeping agreement before we become bound by it. Oxfam New Zealand’s Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier said: “From leaks of draft TPPA chapters we...

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Secret trade negotiations undermining NZ’s democracy

Press Release – Oxfam This week, trade ministers and officials from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) meet in Maui in an attempt to finalise the agreement. Oxfam New Zealand has repeatedly expressed concern about the secrecy surrounding …Secret trade negotiations undermining New Zealand’s democracy This week, trade ministers and officials from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) meet in Maui in an attempt to finalise the agreement. Oxfam New Zealand has repeatedly expressed concern about the secrecy surrounding the negotiating texts and the potential impacts of the TPPA on future models of trade agreements in the Pacific as well as access to medicines for people living in poverty in New Zealand and in other countries. On the eve of the latest talks, Oxfam New Zealand’s Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier said: “It is unacceptable that at this late stage of negotiations, the text of this sweeping agreement is still being kept secret from New Zealanders. It is vital that the texts are made publically available before any agreement is signed so that we can know the full extent of how it will affect us. We also need to know what rights the TPPA will give overseas corporations to sue our government when laws are made in the public interest which threaten those corporations’ profits. These questions are fundamental to the exercise of...

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TPPA to exacerbate Vietnam’s access to medicines crisis

Press Release – Oxfam The United States is again pursuing an important free trade agreement that will lock in high drug prices out of poor peoples reach this time across the Asia-Pacific region, warns international agency Oxfam.TPPA Talks Put Public Health at Risk Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement to exacerbate Vietnam’s access to medicines crisis The United States is again pursuing an important free trade agreement that will lock in high drug prices out of poor people’s reach – this time across the Asia-Pacific region, warns international agency Oxfam. Talks resume in Singapore this week for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), an agreement currently being negotiated by New Zealand and eight other countries (United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam). The US is again insisting countries must take on strict intellectual property protection and drug pricing rules when they sign the deal. Oxfam believes this will harm their ability to effectively negotiate prices with the world’s big drug companies. For a country like Vietnam that already struggles to keep up with high medicine prices, the TPPA could be devastating. This harm could become more widespread given the TPPA has gone from being an agreement between nine OECD countries to now being promoted as a global agreement that may include all APEC countries, many of them at an early stage of economic development. Oxfam spokesperson Rohit...

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