The Access Campaign is implementing an initiative consisting in gathering as many signatures as possible to protest the lawsuit lodged by 39 pharmaceutical companies against the Government of South Africa's recently approved legislation to render essential drugs affordable.

The following is our petition to the National Assembly, the Attorney General and the Presidency. Please read and join us as signatories to the letter. Please forward your response to [email][email protected].

To: The British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair,The British House of Commons: Culture, Media and Sport Committee, The British Library,The British Museum,The Royal Library, Windsor Castle,The Victoria and Albert Museum "Recalling that the British Expedition against Emperor Tewodros, in 1868, looted the Ethiopian ruler's capital, Maqdala.

Although the Battle of Seattle was successful in preventing a new comprehensive round of global trade talks from going ahead, this did not mean there would not be trade negotiations at the WTO. On the contrary, a whole new set of WTO talks on global trade in 'services' began in February, 2000, with formal negotiations due to begin this spring after a crucial stocktaking session is completed at the end of March. These so called GATS negotiations [General Agreement on Trade in Services] could h...read more

The Swiss National Council, the first Chamber of the Federal Assembly to debate the ratification of the Rome Statute, passed the ratification bill yesterday, 13 March 2001, with 135 against 26 votes. (NB: Some of the members of parliament who voted "no" may have done so to indicate that they wanted an obligatory instead of a facultative referendum on the question of ratification, that is, that the Swiss people automatically vote on the issue, and not only when 50'000 citizens so require.)

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