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    • Bangladesh: What about sustainability of compliance after Accord and Alliance?
      Perhaps Platform S?, 24 October 2018 When Accord and Alliance came to town, the brands and retailers had offered assurance of business continuity and were paying for the audits and assessments. Taking financial responsibility for factory remediation was…the manufacturer's end of the bargain. In five years [a] total [of] 1,159 factories have gone out of […]
    • India: Amnesty urges investigation into attack on activists in coal mining district
      Amnesty urges Meghalaya to investigate attacks on activists for exposing illegal coal mining, 10 November 2018 The grievous attack on activist Anges Kharshiing and her two aides -- Amita Sangma and Emiki Kurbah -- in Meghalaya, highlights a pattern of reprisals against activists who are standing up against injustice and exposing corruption in the state, […]
    • Open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from 86 civil society organisations
      Today, we the undersigned civil society organizations, call on Facebook to provide a mechanism for all of its users to appeal content restrictions, and, in every case, to have the appealed decision re-reviewed by a human moderator... [S]ocial media companies, including Facebook, have a responsibility to respect human rights, and international and regional human rights bodies […]
    • Letter from Facebook CEO regarding content governance & enforcement
      "A Blueprint for Content Governance and Enforcement," 15 Nov 2018 [W]e have a responsibility to keep people safe on our services -- whether from terrorism, bullying, or other threats. We also have a broader social responsibility to help bring people closer together -- against polarization and extremism. The past two years have shown that without […]
    • Facebook will pass off content policy appeals to a new independent oversight body
      Mark Zuckerberg announced that a new external oversight committee would be created in 2019 to handle some of Facebook’s content policy decisions. The body will take appeals and make final decisions. The hope is that beyond the influence of Facebook’s business imperatives or the public’s skepticism about the company’s internal choices, the oversight body can come to […]
    • Independent oversight body to handle Facebook content policy appeals
    • Ecuador: Un Juez de Cotacachi niega acción de protección a comunidades que temen impactos de Empresa Nacional Minera
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    • Argentina: Justicia ambiental acoge denuncia contra alto funcionario por acumulación de mercurio en mina Veladero, de Barrick Gold
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    • Foro de las Naciones Unidas sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos
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    • F1 finally admits concern over woman jailed for Bahrain Grand Prix protests
      Formula One chiefs have admitted for the first time that they are “concerned” that an activist who protested against the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook was jailed for three years by the country’s authorities. F1 has traditionally been reluctant to intervene on politics and human rights cases but has made a rare exception in the case of […]

    Need some ACTION

    We are slowing the momentum of Brexit and its creating uncertain times for us and Europe.

    We now need to restore the economy before it dives.

    Reduce VAT to 15%

    Scrap NEW Stamp Duty Increases and Buy to Let extra Stamp Duty Charges.

    Start a National Council House Building Project.

    Offer building and development grants to industry and business.

    Offer EXPORT Incentives and enable Private or Public Companies to promote their products through Embassy networks

    Reduce Capital Gains Tax to 10%

    Are things looking good

    Sounds like property prices are moving up again after Brexit and Osborne’s war on Buy to Lets.,

    We might be able to keep the Chinese out of our Nuclear Power stations ie with the failure in France similar production the American Problem and the Australian Problem.

    Brexit seems to be going into the slow lane.Not good if we want to develop our overseas trade. We need that overseas trade now. Why wait to develop trade contracts we are leaving anyway.

    No to lower interest rates

    Lowering interest rates does not help us. We need the pound to get stronger. No a lot but just enough to stop companies in Europe surcharging us for their loss on selling
    to us with a lower pound.

    The Companies in Europe really need to get round this by selling their products in euros not pounds.However it appears they can make more money this way.

    Therefore lowering the interest rate seems to lower the pound and can boost exports and increase costs of imports. Plus It does not stimulate us to spend more or borrow more.

    Hinkley Point Power Station

    May be it is time to dump this project. EDF will find it difficult to complete this project. It is expensive electricity. China will be in the middle and it could be a political nightmare. We need to consider smaller nuclear units or push other projects such as gas wind and solar. Keep it small and not link it to countries outside Europe or America. Osborne was not on sound ground when he went for Chinese investment on such a large project.Maybe

    The UK Government needs to raise money and create an ENERGY BOND-also use EU Grants and Consider UK and European Companies

    Doctors and teachers need to get to work and accept whats offered

    Its time that Doctors and Teachers realise they need to accept whats on offer.

    The public are getting fed up with their attitude.

    There are lots of other workers who feel they need to take what they are given and be grateful.

    We are all under pressure but do not withdraw our services. The whole thing is getting too political.

    Its time to sort the Brexit problem out

    We have not dealt with ARTICLE 50 yet.

    Parliament really has to discuss and vote to agree to carry this out.

    Some of The Leaders of the European Union is part of our problem to negotiate.

    We and other members of EU all seem to need some sort of control on immigration.

    We all need the right immigrants to help our economy

    The UK is split in half with a clear view to leave

    Many people voted to get out as a protest vote. We do not like being dictated to.

    So we are on way way out of The European Union

    The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

    We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

    The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

    It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
    We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

    EUROZONE What do be do

    So when we vote to leave or stay.

    Where will we be.

    If we leave we be in a confused state.

    Bit like leaving your home. Directions and bills have to be sorted.

    Same with the country. Anything European will need re thinking or changing.

    This will create a vast amount of work.More work for the state.

    If we take the easy way and vote in. The workload will be minimum.

    The problem we will have is The Euro-zone is like The Roman Empire. We all want the

    status to be in it but in the end its not what the people wanted. It may then fall like

    • DG Azevêdo: we must turn the crisis of multilateralism into an opportunity to strengthen it
      Addressing a conference in Paris on 16 November 2018, entitled ‘A WTO Fit for the 21st Century: What Needs to Change’, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo argued that the international community must strive to “turn the current crisis of multilateralism into an opportunity to save it, and strengthen it for the generations to come.” During his visit […]
    • Launch of the WTO Data portal
      The WTO launched on Friday 16th November its new online database. The WTO Data portal brings together a wide range of statistical indicators on international trade and other WTO-related information.
    • WTO members adopt roadmap for reducing technical barriers to trade
      WTO members achieved a breakthrough at a 14-15 November meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) by agreeing on a list of recommendations that aim at reducing obstacles to trade and improving implementation of the WTO’s TBT Agreement. Members also discussed 62 specific trade concerns at the committee meeting, including eight new […]
    • DDG Wolff stresses crucial role of business and farming communities in designing international trade rules
      Speaking at the Geneva Grain Conference, on 15 November, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff stressed the crucial role played by business and farming communities in designing international trade rules, and called on policy-makers, regulators and government officials to seek their consistent feedback to remain knowledgeable about the fundamental changes in the global economy. “Throughout the history […]
    • Japan initiates WTO dispute complaint against Korean support for shipbuilders
      Japan has requested WTO dispute consultations with Korea concerning alleged subsidies provided by the Korean government to its shipbuilding industry. Japan’s request was circulated to WTO members on 13 November.
    • DG Azevêdo opens first workshop on government procurement and governance
      On 13 November 2018, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo addressed the first “Advanced Global Workshop on Government Procurement and Governance Issues” held at the WTO. He highlighted the importance of good governance tools, such as the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, in helping to prevent corruption and supplier collusion in government procurement. He also stressed that effective and […]
    • DG Azevêdo joins President Macron in discussions on strengthening multilateralism and WTO
      Director-General Roberto Azevêdo joined world leaders in Paris on Sunday 11 November to mark the centenary of the World War One Armistice and to take part in the first Paris Peace Forum, an event dedicated to the idea that “international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace”. Speaking during the Peace […]
    • WTO issues compliance panel report regarding Thai measures on imported cigarettes
      On 12 November the WTO circulated the compliance panel report in the dispute initiated by the Philippines in “Thailand — Customs and Fiscal Measures on Cigarettes from the Philippines — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the Philippines” (DS371).
    • DDG Wolff highlights benefits of WTO accession for investment and economic growth
      Speaking at the Belarusian State University in Minsk on 9 November Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said efforts by Belarus and other candidates to accede to the WTO will have a positive impact on the business environment and promote good governance by creating predictable and transparent rules for trade. “Membership in the Organization sends a clear […]
    • Members discuss role of IP in promoting new business, health impacts through competition
      WTO members discussed how intellectual property (IP) can catalyse growth in infant businesses and how its link with competition law and policy can foster public health objectives at a meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 8-9 November. Members also agreed to grant the Cooperation Council for the Arab […]
    • Open Europe responds to the draft Withdrawal Agreement
      Following the cabinet's approval of the draft Withdrawal Agreement this week, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar, Dominic Walsh and David Shiels examine what the text sets out on the Irish backstop, as well as the possibilities for the future relationship. While the UK has secured key concessions, particularly on the creation of UK-wide customs backstop, problematic […]
    • There was never going to be a perfect Brexit
      Speaking to BBC News on November 16, Open Europe's Henry Newman argued that Prime Minister Theresa May should have explained the compromises of Brexit more clearly.The post There was never going to be a perfect Brexit appeared first on Open Europe.
    • The possibility of a No Deal Brexit is getting higher
      Open Europe's Henry Newman discussed the Brexit deal agreed by the UK and the EU and the chances of a No Deal Brexit scenario on the BBC News Beyond 100 Days programme on November 15. The post The possibility of a No Deal Brexit is getting higher appeared first on Open Europe.
    • It is crucial for a Brexit deal to protect the integrity of the UK
      Open Europe’s Henry Newman was on the BBC 2’s Politics Live programme on November 13, discussing Brexit negotiations along with Conservative MP Anna Soubry, Labour MP John Mann, and Polly Mackenzie of Demos think tank. The post It is crucial for a Brexit deal to protect the integrity of the UK appeared first on Open […]
    • How far would the UK go to secure an all-UK customs backstop?
      Following reports the EU is pursuing "level playing field" commitments as part of the Irish backstop, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar considers what the UK government might accept to obtain a UK-wide customs arrangement.The post How far would the UK go to secure an all-UK customs backstop? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • The Budget and Brexit: Open Europe responds
      Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh assesses how this week’s Budget will be affected by the outcome of the Brexit process, and what the political consequences might be.The post The Budget and Brexit: Open Europe responds appeared first on Open Europe.
    • The British refuse to give EU a veto over when UK can regain its trade policy
      Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe appeared on the BBC World News Briefing programme on October 18, discussing the implications of a possible extension of the Brexit transition period. The post The British refuse to give EU a veto over when UK can regain its trade policy appeared first on Open Europe.
    • How much regulatory divergence can we have within the UK?
      Open Europe's Henry Newman examines what proposals for a Northern Irish-specific backstop on regulations might mean for future regulatory divergence within the UK.The post How much regulatory divergence can we have within the UK? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Parliamentary constraint is key problem for Theresa May
      Open Europe's David Shiels spoke to TRT World News on October 17 about the deadlock in Brexit negotiations, saying that it is important for the EU to realise that the UK Prime Minister faces several constraints in Parliament.The post Parliamentary constraint is key problem for Theresa May appeared first on Open Europe.
    • EU needs to move on the Irish backstop issue in Brexit talks
      Appearing on TRT World News, Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh examined the prospect of solving the Irish border backstop issue in Brexit negotiations at this week’s European Council summit.The post EU needs to move on the Irish backstop issue in Brexit talks appeared first on Open Europe.