RCEP protest in India at Udyog Bhawan (Ministry of Commerce)

3 December 2014-People living with HIV led by DNP+ protested at the gates of Ministry of Commerce today to warn Nirmala Sitharaman, Indian Commerce Minister about harmful intellectual property (IP) provisions – put forth by Japan in RCEP- negotiations for which are going in India this week. (Photographs to be credited as ©Siddharth Singh)

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In the RCEP negotiations, Japan is once again playing a leading role in pushing stringent standards for IP that will undermine and delay access to affordable generic medicines.

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“The right to life and health of people in developing countries is at stake in this deal.”

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Unless damaging IP provisions are removed by countries like India before negotiations are finalized, the RCEP agreement – like the TPP – is on track to become one of the most harmful free trade agreements ever for access to medicines in developing countries.

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