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  1. Geen bindende regels, wel rechten voor bedrijven

    Hilde van der Pas, Anne van Schaik, Anne Schuit, Mariette van Huijstee
    31 July 2015
    In the media

    Vice Versa - Mensenrechtenschendingen door bedrijven komen op grote schaal voor en worden vaak niet bestraft. Van 6 tot 10 juli 2015 onderhandelden de VN over bindende regels voor bedrijven, verantwoordelijkheid voor schade die zij veroorzaken, en toegang tot het recht voor slachtoffers van mensenrechtenschendingen. De EU, en Nederland in haar kielzog, koos ervoor om niet deel te nemen aan de onderhandelingen. Dit staat in schril contrast met het beeld van de mensenrechtenkampioen dat de EU graag van zichzelf schetst

  2. Beloofde gouden bergen van TTIP blijken molshoopjes

    Hilde van der Pas, Roos van Os, Geert Ritsema, Lot van Baaren, Susan Cohen Jehoram
    31 July 2015
    In the media

    VK - Het pleidooi van de ING-onderzoekers Bosgraaf en Leering voor het controversiële geschillenmechanisme ISDS in het handels- en investeringsverdrag TTIP verrast ons. Dit geheime tribunaal (ISDS staat voor Investor State Dispute Settlement) is immers een regelrechte ondermijning van de rechtsstaat. Allerlei regels ter bescherming van het milieu, werknemers en gezondheid komen op de tocht te staan.

  3. Video: TTIP won't let state run in the public interest

    Cecilia Olivet
    31 July 2015
    In the media

    RT UK interview" TTIP undermines democracy and sovereignty of states, researcher Cecilia Olivet tells RT, with examples of corporates who have sued gov'ts."

  4. Consequences of the Kokang crisis for peace, democracy in Myanmar

    29 July 2015
    In the media

    The Nation - The renewed violence in the Kokang region of the northern Shan state in February has had serious repercussions for efforts to solve ethnic conflict in Myanmar and end the decades-old civil war.

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    Qatar's 'Efficiency' Praised Amid Ongoing Rights and Bribery Controversies

    16 July 2015
    In the media

    The World Economic Forum — the folks who organize the annual winter retreat in Davos, Switzerland, for the international elites who claim to know how the world should work — say that Qatar has the most efficient government on the planet.

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    Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2015

    15 July 2015

    Mark-Golding_JamaicaDrug law reform continues developing in the right direction in several Latin American and Caribbean countries. In Jamaica, for example, a law legalizing the cultivation and consumption of ganja for medicinal, religious and research purposes came into force, as well as the decriminalisation of possession for personal use.  Jamaica also spoke out at the UN Thematic Debate in New York. On May 7th, the minister addressed the UN High Level Thematic Debate on international drug policy, highlighting Jamaica’s perspectives on drug control policies and participating in a debate that encourages open and inclusive discussions. Amongst the outcomes Jamaica would like to see from UNGASS is “the establishment of an Expert Advisory Group to review the UN drug policy control architecture, its system-wide coherence, its treaty inconsistencies and its legal tension with cannabis regulations.”

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    “Hi ha un patró de violació dels drets humans per part de les transnacionals”

    09 July 2015
    In the media

    "Quan parlem de l’arquitectura de la impunitat ens referim, principalment, als tractats de lliure comerç i inversions i, també, a tota la xarxa de tractats o de legislacions que es van adaptant a favor de les transnacionals"

  8. Handelsverdrag EU met VS is slecht idee

    Hilde van der Pas
    06 July 2015
    In the media

    'Een handelsakkoord blijft een beproefd recept om de economie te stimuleren,' schreef Winand Quaedvlieg van VNO-NCW donderdag op deze plek over TTIP, het verdrag waarover de Europese Unie en de Verenigde Staten onderhandelen.

     

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    China’s Drug Problem Worsening as Local Production Rises

    26 June 2015
    In the media

    China has admitted that more than 14 million people or about one percent of the country’s massive population has used drugs. It has also disclosed for the first time that drug use has spread to as much as 90 percent of the country's cities, districts and counties.

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    Activists oppose Guatemala dam being backed by Spanish company

    26 June 2015
    In the media

    The arrival of transnational dam-builders in Guatemala is threatening cultural and natural riches. DW met with activists in Berlin, who are asking Europeans to reexamine exactly what such "green energy" entails.

  11. Farmland grabbing spreads in Europe

    17 June 2015
    In the media

    Europe was thought to be spared global investors' growing appetite for farmland. But a new study shows that they've long since sunk their teeth into the EU. In some areas, foreign investors own over a third of farmland.

  12. Mexico-EU Trade Agreement “Could Be Worse Than NAFTA”

    11 June 2015
    In the media

    When the European Union negotiated its first free trade treaty with Mexico beginning in 1997 and implemented in 2000, many of its provisions, such as deregulation of goods and services and trade liberalization, were lifted straight from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed into law just five years earlier.

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    "Si se Firman Acuerdos TTIP y TPP, EEUU Controlará el 60% del PIB y el 75% del Comercio Mundial"

    10 June 2015
    In the media

    Unas jornadas previas a la cumbre de esta semana entre la UE y América Latina y Caribe analizan el papel de los acuerdos comerciales e inversiones como mecanismo para ahondar en las políticas neoliberales y las privatizaciones masivas.

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    TNI: Peace process raises hope for more effective and human drug policies

    10 June 2015
    In the media

    The Transnational Institute, has released another report saying the ongoing peace process has raised hope for more effective drug policies.

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    TNI: Peace process raises hope for more effective and human drug policies

    10 June 2015
    In the media

    The Transnational Institute, has released another report saying the ongoing peace process has raised hope for more effective drug policies.

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    La Via Campesina Reclaims Right to Food for People, not Profit

    06 June 2015
    In the media

    “We don’t speak of land ownership, but land access, crucial to ensure the right to food,” said activist Alejandra Serrato Delgado.

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    Arbitragerechtspraak blijft op tafel bij TTIP

    Hella Hueck
    28 May 2015
    In the media

    De Verenigde Staten en Europa gaan waarschijnlijk toch weer praten over arbitragerechtspraak tussen bedrijven, ondanks dat hier veel publieke weerstand tegen is. De Handelscommissie van het Europese Parlement is vandaag akkoord gegaan met de zogenoemde ISDS-bepalingen in het handelsverdrag met de Verenigde Staten, TTIP.

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    Why There’s Less to Burma’s Peace Process Than Meets the Eye

    Min Zin
    26 May 2015
    In the media

    Encouraging talk of a looming end to the country’s decades-old civil war. According to the headlines, negotiators from the government and ethnic rebel groups have been closing in on the holy grail of a Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA), which aims to halt 60 years of ethnic conflict. Lately, though, it’s become painfully apparent that there’s a bit less to the whole story than meets the eye.

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    Libre-échange: Bruxelles tente de déminer l'accord avec les Etats-Unis

    Ludovic Lamant
    08 May 2015
    In the media

    La commissaire européenne a présenté une version « améliorée » du point le plus controversé des négociations sur un futur accord de libre-échange avec les États-Unis: le mécanisme d'arbitrage entre État et investisseur. Certains y voient une entreprise d'« enfumage ». D'autres, à commencer par Paris, « une première étape » vers un compromis acceptable. Le moment est crucial.

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    The new Drug Warriors

    02 May 2015
    In the media

    As one side of the world softens its line against illegal drugs, another is getting tougher—and more vocal

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