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IPCM calls on peoples of the world to reject secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, other FTAs that place profit ahead of people

The International People’s Conference on Mining, a gathering of activists, community leaders, indigenous peoples, and pro-people lawyers and scientists representing  120 organizations in 20 countries worldwide, called on the peoples of the world to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the negotiations of which has been recently concluded by leaders of 12 nations in the Pacific Rim.

Last October 4, it was announced that the leaders of United States, Canada, Australia,  Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei has reached an agreement on the TPP. The accord, the contents of which have not been made public up to now, brings together the economies of  the 12 signatory-countries and sets binding rules on areas such as trade, patents, services, finance, government procurements, e-commerce, and transparency. 

Since TPP negotiations began in 2005 under the Trans-Pacific Strategic Partnership, its contents have been kept a well-guarded secret. Legislators from TPP countries have been barred from viewing the text in its entirety or sharing the contents of the portions of the text that they are allowed to read. More than 600 corporate “trade advisors”, on the other hand, have real-time access to the entirety of the text as it is being negotiated.

Leaked copies of the TPP show that the agreement is not so much a free trade agreement but a free access pass for foreign corporate interests into sovereign economies, local and national laws be damned.  It is no wonder then that no less than the trade ministers  and mining executives in the US, Canada, and Australia have expressed enthusiasm for the TPP. The accord is expected to translate to even worsening plunder, environmental destruction, aggression, and human rights violations to be committed by large-scale mining companies in TPP countries.

 (see: Ieaked TPP chapter on dispute settlement, which allows for investment-state dispute settlements akin to Pacific Rim vs El Salvador)

The TPP is no different from other multilateral “free trade” agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) , Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade  in Services Agreement (TiSA) that, among other things, aim to open up resource-rich countries to unhampered extraction in the name of corporate profit.

Hence, we call on peoples of the world to resoundingly reject the TPP and other so-called free trade agreements such as the NAFTA, CETA, TTIP, and TiSA, even before they are decided upon by local legislators. We should unite to resist this determined corporate takeover of our natural resources, patrimony, and sovereignty.#