World Trade Organisation

To the core of Business and Human Rights: TTIP – and other mega trade deals

by Theresa

“We don’t want a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots. We don’t want an international order akin to post-democracy or post-law.”

With these words the UK newspaper The Guardian quotes Mr. Alfred de Zayas in its article published on 4 May, 2015. Mr. de Zayas was talking about the dangers of mega trade deals, specifically about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA). Mr. de Zayas is not only a concerned citizen, but he spoke in his role as the United Nations’ Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order. Since May 2012, he researches on how democracy and equality between states can be furthered and reports to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations – the council where state representatives discuss human rights issues. Now, he has come to the conclusion that secretly negotiated trade deals threaten human rights. (more…)