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This morning our Philippines Head of Office, Joseph Purugganan, appeared on the Market Edge program on ABS-CBN news to discuss the impact of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on the Philippines. 

Joseph asserts that the APEC economic agenda would lead to 1) greater inequality and wealth concentration, 2) further destruction of the environment and worsening of the climate crisis and 3) the erosion of peoples' rights. 

Presented at the forum on Access to Justice for victims of Human Rights Abuses by Transnational Corporations organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FDCL, and the Philippinenburo. Berlin, Germany. 27 October 2015.

By Joseph Purugganan Focus on the Global South

Let me begin by stating at the onset my main message: That human rights abuses by corporations should be situated within the context of the corporate-led development agenda that is aggressively being pursued in the Asia.


Presentation at the Workshop on Resource Conflicts in Asia: Europe’s Responsibility on 26 October 2015. Organized by Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne, Asiahouse Foundation and Philippinenburo.  

Joseph Purugganan 

Focus on the Global South

Investor- State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a mechanism engraved in (bilateral) investment treaties, which allows multinational corporations to sue governments in ad hoc tribunals for all sorts of public policies. In response, The Seattle to Brussels Network presents the ISDS Files that brings activists researchers, campaigners and academics to survey the implications and flaws of ISDS through specific cases around the world. 

นอกจากประเด็นการเข้าถึงยาและการผูกขาดเมล็ดพันธ์ทางการเกษตร กลไกรระงับข้อพิพาทระหว่างรัฐและนักลงทุน เป็นอีกหนึ่งประเด็นสำคัญที่ถูกต่อต้านอย่างมากในข้อตกลงความร่วมมือหุ้นส่วนยุทธศาสตร์ภาคพื้นเอเชีย-แปซิฟิกหรือทีพีพี โดยมี วัตถุประสงค์เพื่อเป็นเครื่องมือยุติข้อพิพาทระหว่างรัฐและนักลงทุน โดยเปิดโอกาสและให้อำนาจแก่นักลงทุนต่างชาติสามารถฟ้องร้องรัฐบาลผ่าน “อนุญาโตตุลาการระ

Mass mobilisation in Geneva against corporate impunity

Press release from the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power. Photo by Joseph Purugganan. 

July 10, 2015, Geneva – Dozens of organizations and social movements mobilized this week in Geneva to send a strong message to the United Nations Human Rights Council, to urge them to take action against corporate impunity. The negotiation of a binding instrument on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Human Rights is an unmatched opportunity to provide access to justice to victims of corporate human rights abuses.


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