Asia Pacific peoples urge governments: Do not sign the TPPA!

Call for endorsements

On February 4, New Zealand will host the historic signing of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) amidst widespread people’s protests against the deal. All members of the TPP, which include United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam, are expected to come to the signing of the trade deal.

Negotiations of this mega regional trade agreement were done in secret for almost a decade until governments produced the text on October 2015 due to strong calls for transparency by peoples movements and civil society organizations.  The text confirmed what critics of the trade deal have been warning the public–that the TPP will take away people’s rights in favor cementing corporate power.

Upon careful analysis, the TPP text revealed that the deal, if it will come into force, would indeed negatively impact people’s access to quality and affordable health care, further endanger the environment, lead to infringement of labor rights, and violate national sovereignty.

Thus, we are once-again urging the governments of the TPP not to sign this dangerous deal.

The TPP’s liberalization agenda will force open sectors of the members’ economic sectors such as agriculture, which employ millions of poor peasants and agricultural workers who are mostly women. The TPP will further push them into poverty, as they will be forced to compete with giant agricultural corporations from more developed countries. This liberalization agenda also increases corporations’ access to indigenous people’s lands and territories for resource extraction without their free prior informed consent (FPIC).

The TPP will also permit corporations to violate labor rights by making it easier to offshore jobs to countries with lower labor standards. Only corporations win in this set up as they get to increase their profits by cutting their operational costs, at the expense of workers losing their jobs in origin countries, and workers in recipient countries who receive meager wages, and work long hours in dangerous conditions. TPP also encourages more inflows of migrants who later forced to become undocumented migrants in order to add to the source of more cheaper and docile labor.

Strict intellectual property rights imposed on patents to medicines, especially life-saving drugs, will endanger the people’s right to quality and affordable healthcare by giving corporations increased patent and data monopolies. Strict intellectual property rights also apply to educational materials, making them more expensive, especially for poor students. Under the TPP, digital policies enforced by corporations will violate internet users’ privacy rights and will stifle creativity and freedom of expression through severe copyright rules.

Moreover, the TPP mean would mean death to democracy as it allows corporations to use investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) to attack public interest laws to increase their profits. We have seen these through corporations suing governments over implementing living wages, environmental protection measures, and protecting people’s access to public utilities.

Although not all the countries in Asia Pacific are members to the TPP, we believe that the sheer size of the deal which covers 40% of the global economy would have knock-on effects on the whole region. The TPP also has high potential to be the standard that all future trade deals will follow.

Signing the deal would increasingly promote the hegemony of corporations, neoliberal regimes and political and economic dominance of the US and other powerful States over the developing and underdeveloped economies of the world. It is clear that this deal was not created in the interest of the people and thus should not be signed. We express our full support and solidarity with the peoples of TPP countries who have lobbied against the deal and are pouring out in the streets to stop the signing of the deal.

Endorsers:

Action for Health Initiatives (ACHIEVE), Inc.
Active Society Nepal (ASN), Nepal
Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM)
Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU)-India
Article 19
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC)
Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM)
Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN)
Asia Pacific Students and Youth Association (ASA)
Asia Pacific Women in Law and Development (APWLD)
Asia Pasific Council of AIDS Service Organizations.
Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC)
Asian Peasant Coalition (APC)
Australian Action for Peace & Development in the Philippines (APDP)
Bahing Kirat Mulukhim
Bahing Kirat Mulukhim Women Union Department
Bangladesh Apparels Workers Federation (BAWF)
Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition
BAYAN USA
Bote Adibasi Janajati Samuha
Burma Partnership
Center for Human Rights and Development- Mongolia
Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR)
Chulachuli Unceco Club (CUC)
CIE “Peremena” from Kyrgyzstan
Coalition for Diversity and Action
Coalition of Cambodian Farmers Community (CCFC) in Cambodia
Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education & Advocacy (ECREA)
EquityBD
Feto iha Kbiit Servisu Hamutuk (FKSH)
Forum for public awareness rural development and environmental conservation (FPARE)
Forum Tau Matan (Eye on Human Rights) Timor -Leste
Gabriela Australia
Garivi Unmulan tadha Sahayog Anusandhan Kendra Nepal
Hamro Mechi Samajik Sanstha
Hurhure Yuwa Club
IBON International
​IMA Research Foundation
Indigenous Nationalities Single Women Network (INSWN)
Indigenous Nationalities Women Youth Network (INWYN)
Inspirator Muda Nusantara-Indonesia
INSTITUT PEREMPUAN (Indonesia)
IT for Change, India
JAGO NARI, Bangladesh
Janauthan Manch
Just Associates (JASS) Southeast Asia
Kanchangjangha Women’s Development Group
Karani Community Development Centre
KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)
Kathriya Society Nepal
Katribu Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas
Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP)
Kilusang Mayo Uno International
Kirat Chamling Association (KCA)
Kirat Chamling Language Culture Development Association (KCLCDA),
Kirat Chamling Youth Society (KCYS)
Kirat Welfare Society (KWS)
Kirat Youth Society (KYS)
Kulung Mingma Guskham
Lok Kalyan Nepal
Luta Hamutuk Institute, Timor-Leste
MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)
MASIPAG-Philippines
Migrant CARE-Malaysia
Migrante Australia
MIGRANTE Europe
Migrante International
Minerals Policy Institute
MONFEMNET National Network
Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano
MTUC Sabah/SBEU
Nepal Manav Adhikar Samaj
Nepal Rana Tharu Samaj
NGO Association for Promotion Sustainable Development Hisar,India
Observatorio Cuidadano, Chile
Pahadi Samaj Bikas Kendra
Pakistan Development Alliance
Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT)
Parti Sosialis Malaysia
Participatory Research Action Network- PRAN
Partnership and Institute for Global Justice
People Unity Youth Society (PUYS)
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER), Malaysia
Philippines Australia Women’s Association (PAWA)
PINAY-Canada
Prangbola Chhar Nham
Prasamsha Samudaik Bikas Kendra
Putri Padi – Indonesia
Rasuwa Janajati Development Committee
Rasuwa Tamang Samaj
Roots for Equity
Routa Welfare Community Center,
Rural Women’s Association “Alga”, Kyrgyzstan
Sanayee Development Organization (SDO)- Afghanistan
SCODE
Sedane Labour Resource Centre/Lembaga Informasi Perburuhan Sedan (LIPS) Indonesia,
SEJIWA Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia
Shilichong Club Development Centre
Shilichong Club Social Development Centre,
Siluti Namphunyak Paryatan Bikas Kendra
Social Action for Change (SAC)
SUARAM-Malaysia
Sustainable Development Foundation-Thailand
Tanggol Bayi (Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines)
TASAT (TransAsia Sisters Association, Taiwan)
Tenaganita
Tharu Innovative Youth Society
Timor-Leste NGO Forum (FONGTIL)
Unity Society, Nepal
Urban Poor Resource Center
Women’s Centre for Change (WCC), Penang
Working Group for Peace in Cambodia
Youth Awareness Society Nepal (YASN)
Zo Indigenous Forum, Mizoram State India
SHINE SOCCSKSARGEN Inc
Freedom from Debt Coalition- Philippines
Youth for Peace
Pacific Asia Resource Center (PARC)

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