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Oxfam joins others in the High Court to challenge the secrecy of TPPA documents.
An opinion piece from Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates, as published in the New Zealand Herald on February 21, 2014
In the lead-up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in Singapore February 22-25, Oxfam New Zealand is calling on the New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser to end the secrecy and make negotiating drafts publicly available. The scope of the TPPA is wide ranging and will be significant for generations to come, not just in New Zealand but particularly for poor and marginalised people in the developing world.
Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates writes to Trade Minister regarding TPPA negotiations
A short campaign to highlight the secrecy of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement has resulted in 26,000 signatures on an e-petition or letters to political leaders, calling for release of the draft text under the catchcry “It’s not democracy, and it’s not right”.
NZ should demand US scale back stricter access rules to generic drugs in TPP talks. Despite commitment to end AIDS, the US government is introducing stronger intellectual property rules through trade agreements, like the TPPA currently being negotiated with New Zealand and seven other countries - and bilateral pressure that will undermine the fight against AIDS by devastating the ability of developing countries to access affordable anti-retroviral medicines.