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Statement regarding Regulation of Medical Substances and Drugs in India

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), the Indian circle of the People's Health Movement, has been concerned about various aspects of health care, including the need to ensure the quality of medical formulations and to prevent any form of misleading promotion of medications.

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Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA)
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PHM Protests arrest of Nepal health activist

Dr. Mathura Prasad Shrestha, former Minister for Health, Government of Nepal, former Professor of Community Health, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, current Head of Essential Health Research, Nepal, head of Resource Centre for Primary Health Care and above everything else, an activist par excellence, who even as the Minister for Health, led a protest against his own government when an unjust law was about to be passed, was arrested in Kathmandu this morning. Police personnel broke down his door, entered his house in Kathmandu without a warrant and took him away forcibly. This is obviously related to the massive protest this 20th of January against the illegal and uncivilised rule of the king and for restoration of democracy.

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Prem Chandran John, Convenor, Transitional Team, Global Secretariat

NGOs urge EFTA countries not to endanger public health, food security and development in Thailand

In a letter addressed to EFTA-trade and foreign ministers, 50 organisations urged the trade association member states to drop provisions from a free trade agreement with Thailand that would restrict access to cheap medicines and credit and limit farmers rights. A second round of negotiations is taking place this week in Thailand. The undersigning NGOs fear that a free trade agreement between EFTA and Thailand could have a negative impact on Thai society.

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NGO statement
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US-Thai Free Trade Negotiations Threaten Access to Medicines; Activists Demand End to TRIPS-plus IP provisions

Jan. 9, 2006. Thai AIDS activists and their international allies are seeking suspension of scheduled trade talks that threaten to undermine Thailand's lawful ability to produce, import/export, and market low-cost generic versions of life-saving medicines. Today, in Chiang Mai, the United States and Thailand are scheduled to start the Sixth Round of negotiations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement and for the first time are holding discussions on a U.S. proposal to dramatically increase intellectual property protections for pharmaceutical products. Simultaneously, ten thousand Thai activists, half of them living with HIV, are protesting the scheduled talks and trying to shut them down, promising to sleep overnight outside the meeting venue for three nights and to block entry to the negotiations.

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International NGO Solidarity Statement
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Campaign for Environmental Justice in India: WHY WAS A DEATH CERTIFICATE SERVED ON THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS?

On the 14th of November 2005, in a daring demonstration of strength, over 200 people from the Campaign for Environmental Justice – India (CEJ-I), entered the highly secure Central Government Offices complex in New Delhi and held a 5 hour long protest at Paryavaran Bhavan, headquarters of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). This event (called MoEF Chalo!) was a follow-up to the public hearing called MoEF Suno! conducted the previous day at the Constitution Club in Delhi.

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Environment Support Group
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