Harris visit threatens peace, aggravates rights situation in PH –APRN

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New $100 million US military support to fund killings, rights abuses in the Philippines says research group The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) warns the public of greater escalation of human rights abuses in the Philippines amid the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the southeast Asian country. “The US is currently preparing […]

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APRN Newsletter – 1st Quarter 2019

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On this issue: Development Aid With Chinese Characteristics? Activists, CSOs bolster call to reject RCEP in Bali negotiations APRN Pushes for Effective Development Cooperation Amidst Shrinking Spaces for CSOs Goals vs Realities: Looking back at the Peoples’ Forum & APFSD 2019 Quo Vadis Goal 16? A people’s review of the state of peace, justice, and […]

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Mega-FTAs and its implications on Asian workers

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“The consequences of mega-FTAs on trade, labor and employment is much shown in many developing countries where, in order to maintain competitiveness, must adhere to “lowest common denominator rules” rather than meeting the highest possible standards. Recent developments in trade liberalization have permitted monopoly capitalists to dictate the cheapest value of labor and other production facilities, thereby disregarding decent standards, to accumulate bigger profit.”

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From TPP to RCEP: People always at the losing end

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Civil society groups and social movements from Indonesia and across Asia Pacific warned of intensified land grabs and unemployment as the 16th round of negotiations for the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) begins in Indonesia from Dec 7-9, 2016.

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APRN briefer on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

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With the lackluster performance of the WTO negotiations in the past years, monopoly capital has renewed its focus on bilateral and regional free trade agreements (FTAs). This reorientation aims to push contentious issues that would otherwise not be possible to advance within the context of a multilateral trade regime such as the WTO. This strategy […]

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What is the RCEP?

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega-regional trade deal that covers half of the world’s population, 38% of the world economy and nearly 30% of the world’s trade volume.

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