HIV+ community stage protest to drop harmful provisions in RCEP; arrested & released

IMG_2111copyHyderabad, 24 July 2017: About 30 HIV positive people were arrested at Hotel Novotel in Hitec City and taken to Narsingi police station as they raised slogans and took out a flash protest against the harmful provisions in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Agreement, especially against Access to affordable medicines here on Monday.

Forum against FTAs and RCEP, Farmers organisations and other civil society organisations under the banner `People’s Resistance Forum against RCEP’ condemned the arrests. Earlier in the morning, Peoples forum took out a rally from Peoples Plaza on Necklace road to I-max circle and back with about 500 people from 26 different organisations from across India. Continue reading

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Trading away health

By Rohit Malpani, The Hindu | July 23, 2017

Hyderabad, well known as the hub of the Indian pharmaceuticals industry, ranks third globally in terms of its production volume, with a turnover of Rs. 18 billion a year. Most of the generic medicines and vaccines manufactured here are what help India become known as the ‘pharmacy of the developing world.’

What does this ‘pharmacy’ mean to the organisation, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)? As a treatment provider, our medical teams are often stuck without appropriate and affordable access to medicines and vaccines. For example, in the early 2000s, the price set by pharmaceutical corporations to provide one person with HIV treatment for a year was more than $10,000, limiting our ability to respond to the epidemic. Continue reading

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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: Boosting trade or extending monopolies for big pharma?

Published: The Huffington Post India

By Leena Menghaney, Head—South Asia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign.

MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (MSF)

Officials from the 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal—which includes the ten ASEAN member states, plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea— are meeting this week for another round of negotiations.

Ironically, the venue is the city of Hyderabad, the hub of the Indian generic drug industry. It will host the intellectual property (IP) negotiations that seek to curb the ability of Indian manufacturers to deliver lifesaving medicines to the world. Médecins Sans Frontières and other actors depend on these medicines to provide critical care where it’s most needed. Continue reading

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Hyderabad: NGOs hold protest against RCEP talks

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A Trade Deal Could Hit Affordable & Generic Medicines in India. Here’s What You Need to Know.

If accepted the trade deal measures will delay access to affordable medicines by restricting generic competition and maintaining monopoly pricing.

Published: The Better India

Officials from the sixteen countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal – which includes the ten ASEAN member states, plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea– are meeting this week for another round of negotiations.

Ironically, the venue is the city of Hyderabad – the hub of the Indian generic industry – which will host the intellectual property (IP) negotiations that seek to curb the ability of Indian manufacturers to deliver lifesaving medicines to the world. Médecins Sans Frontières and other actors depend on these medicines to provide critical care where it’s most needed. Continue reading

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RCEP meet begins amid protest by people’s organisations

Activists protesting against Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Hyderadad on Monday | r satish babu

By The New Indian Express |   Published: 25th July 2017

HYDERABAD: As the 19th council meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), a free trade agreement (FTA) between member-countries of ASEAN and six other countries including India, began here on Monday, a coalition of people’s organisations staged a protest demonstration at People’s Plaza on the Necklace Road.

Around 30 HIV positive people, who came down from different states, were taken into preventive custody as they were shouting slogans outside Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, near Hitec City, where 700 members from 16 countries are holding deliberations. They were protesting against the harmful provisions in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Agreement, which will limit their access to affordable medicines. Continue reading

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Who Benefits from RCEP – the World’s Largest Free Trade Agreement?

This trade deal will affect livelihoods of millions of peasants, workers and compromise access to essential services and medicines.

Newsclick

As officials from 16 countries meet in Hyderabad, India, for negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), this video – from Newsclick, Public Services International, Transnational Institute and Focus on the Global South – highlights various critical aspects of RCEPs corporate agenda. This trade deal will affect livelihoods of millions of peasants, workers and compromise access to essential services and medicines.

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