Foreign Trade / World Trade Organisation

Free trade agreement between Switzerland and China definitely without human rights guarantees

The Council of States has ignored human rights concerns and, as the second chamber of parliament, has agreed to the free trade agreement (FTA) between Switzerland and China. The various proposals for rejection stood no chance just like the call for an optional referendum. In the final vote only 3...

Free trade with China: human rights of no importance

Should you be searching for the expression "human rights" in the free trade agreement (FTA) between Switzerland and the People’s Republic of China, you will not succeed. This is the result of an analysis of the China Platform, a coalition of five Swiss human rights and development aid...

Free trade agreement with China: legal opinion supports NGO requests

A legal opinion commissioned by a coalition of NGOs strengthens the call for an inclusion of human rights issues in the free trade agreement between Switzerland and China currently being negotiated. The legal opinion voices the apprehension that a strict patent protection could affect the Chinese...

Free trade agreement between Switzerland and China: Focus on human rights

From the beginning of 2011, Switzerland and China will be negotiating a free trade agreement. Alliance Sud, the Berne Declaration, the Society for Threatened Peoples and the Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Society have joined up in order to critically supervise the preparations and negotiations for the...

Problematic bilateral free trade agreement, the case of Colombia

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) agreement with Colombia will enter into force: on 24 September 2009, the Council of States accepted with 31 votes against 5 and 3 abstentions a simplification of the commercial exchanges between the two countries, despite the reserves in human rights and...

Human rights and world trade

In a postulate from 2000 the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council asked the Federal Council  to draw up an international Code to guarantee human rights standards in international trade. Such a code could be developed into a common and publicly recognised standard for states and...

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