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340+ organisations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil
international | rights, freedoms and repression | press release Tuesday June 18, 2019 23:06 by Climate Change Ireland
In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil. The letter is addressed to presidents of the EU institutions ahead of the ministerial-level meeting next week in Brussels where EU and Mercosur foreign ministers aim to finalise the negotiations.
German version of the letter (PDF) – French version of the letter – Spanish version – Portuguese version
” Dear President of the European Council, President of the European Commission, President of the European Parliament,
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, are writing to call on the European Union to use its influence to prevent a worsening human rights and environmental situation in Brazil.
In April, more than 600 European scientists and two Brazilian Indigenous organizations, representing 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups, called for the EU to act as a global leader in supporting human rights, human dignity and a habitable climate by making sustainability the cornerstone of its trade negotiations with Brazil. We fully support this call.
Bound by the Treaty of the European Union, the EU and its Member States vowed to respect and promote human rights as an overarching objective in its dealings with other countries. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has also clearly stated the need for new EU trade agreements to deliver sustainable development.
Since the inauguration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in January 2019, we have witnessed increased human rights violations, attacks on minorities, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ and other traditional communities. Moreover, the administration continues to threaten the basic democratic functioning of civil society while instigating a fundamental assault on some of the world’s most precious and ecologically valuable regions.
We are deeply concerned about the following:
Civil society actors, activists, peasants, Workers and minorities face extreme dangers from the incendiary rhetoric of the Bolsonaro government and its supporters. This includes his labeling of members of grassroots movements like the Landless Workers Movement and the Movement of Homeless as “terrorists,” generating concerns that Brazil’s controversial anti-terrorist law will be used to criminalize social activists.
The EU is Brazil’s second-largest trading partner overall, second-largest importer of Brazilian soy and a major importer of Brazilian beef and other agricultural products. The EU, therefore, has a responsibility to address human rights and environmental injustices taking place in Brazil under the Bolsonaro government. It must use its leverage to support civil society, human rights and the environment.
The EU is in the midst of negotiating a far-reaching Mercosur trade deal that seeks to expand market access and trade between the two regions, including Brazil. It is imperative that the EU sends an unequivocal message to President Bolsonaro that the EU will refuse to negotiate a trade deal with Brazil until there is an end to human rights violations, strict measures to end further deforestation and concrete commitments to implement the Paris Agreement.
In the past, the EU has suspended trade preferences with countries involved in human rights violations, such as Myanmar and the Philippines. In addition, the EU has restricted imports of products whose production is related to human rights in the case of conflict minerals. It is time that the EU takes a similar, tough stance to prevent a deterioration of the human rights and environmental situation in Brazil.
We therefore call on you to:
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Now we will see what really matters to the elites in the EU
Profits or their "climate change" scam.
I'm betting profits!
The entire excess of CO2 in the atmosphere from ALL sources
amounts to 0.04% of the atmosphere (400ppm), of which a mere 3.4% is as a result of all human activity.
That includes all the major polluters in China and the US
Viewed from this pespective, FG's carbon tax is a joke on the poorest in society!
It won't change a thing. It can't possibly. it's just a gnat's fart in the scheme of things.
The EU's decision to favour more juicy corporate profits from the mercosur deal will
make it seem even more farcical
That graphic makes no sense.
CO-2 is the main greenhouse gas in the atmosphere by amount although it is not the strongest greenhouse gas but the fact that the other greenhouse gases are present in much smaller quantities means collectively they contribute about 25% of the warming compared to CO-2.
The next point is also wrong to say human contributions of CO-2 to the CO-2 in the atmosphere are wrong.
If we take the CO-2 level in 1950 it was at about 310 ppm. Now it is at about 413pm which is an increase of 103 since then and that's not even pre-industrial. Putting 103/413 gives ~25%. And that's a big increase by any measure in such a short time.
And while people tend to assume something in such a small amount can't possibly have a dramatic effect, one needs to think twice as this is often the case in physical chemicals systems. For example just a few parts per million of testosterone in the body can have dramatic differences.
Nevertheless the point about the EU profitting can still be valid because the capitalist system in general is only willing to try and address this problem in terms of the 'market' which to them really means making money out of it. But it can't and won't be solved within the framework of the capitalist logic and system.
water vapour is the dominant greenhouse gas.
The jetstream largely drives weather behaviour here.
The sun drives the perturbations in the jetstream. And climate chamge.
FG carbon taxes will do nothng to address any of that.
unless they plan to buy something to partially cover the sun
using our carbon taxes!! :-D
Taxing the poor in Ireland in order to somehow alter the world's weather is a fools errand.
Climate change will happen no matter what taxes we pay to FG
Our weather will not be altered one bit by any of this
yet they have people in the street thinking it will.
our input as a nation into the system does not even register.
The EU have yet again pulled a fast one on Ireland with carbon fines
and calls to limit our agriculture
Meanwhile they line their pockets helping to fell the rainforests
It's a scam. Those in power know they can't change the climate.
But it is still a useful thing to pretend they can and scare people
into agreeing to nonsensical government overreach
and foolish compliant behaviour.
Of course nobody at all talking about shutting down unnecessary nonsense such as all the US military bases whose combined carbon footprint is actually bigger than several countries. Just stuff like taxing poor people in Ireland
And in fact the EU now want an army that may cost us billions every year on top of our carbom taxes.
What about it's carbon footprint?? Crickets.
Your pointless google searches for cats on the toilet are are probably your biggest carbon crime.
That's not really in the discussion either!