EU urged to halt trade talks with SAmerica over Brazil abuses

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Jun 20, 2019-

BRUSSELS: Hundreds of activist groups on Tuesday urged the EU to “immediately halt negotiations” for a trade deal with Mercosur countries over Brazil’s alleged harm of its indigenous people and rainforests. The appeal from more than 340 groups could further complicate the European Union’s bid to conclude 20 years of talks for a free trade agreement with Brazil and its Mercosur partners Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. In an open letter, Greenpeace as well as an array of NGOs across Europe and Latin America reminded the EU it had previously suspended trade preferences with Myanmar and the Philippines over alleged human rights abuses. “It is time that the EU takes a similar, tough stance to prevent a deterioration of the human rights and environmental situation in Brazil,” the letter said. (AFP)

Published: 20-06-2019 10:15

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