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