Thai civil society plans an appeal to the Norwegian Nobel Committee to withdraw the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 from European Union
Nimitr Tien-Udom, director of AIDS Access Foundation and member of FTA Watch announced today that in case the European Union does not respond to People's concerns in its Thai-EU FTA negotiations and continues to jeopardize rights, freedom, democratic system and health of Thai people, Thai civil society is prepared to appeal to the Norwegian Nobel Committee for a withdrawal of its Nobel Peace Prize 2012 awarded to the European Union.
"Albeit successive protests among advocate groups for the poor, the EU representatives continue to pressure the Thai Government to accept TRIPs-Plus provisions which, once become legally binding, would deprive the majority of Thai citizens from cheaper medicine and access to seeds among impoverished farmers, to say the least. This can only be interpreted as the pursuance of maximum profit for transnational corporations of the EU as the priority agenda. The inhumane misconduct against peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights strips the EU of its honour to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize"
Thai civil society will also launch this campaign for withdrawal of Nobel Peace Prize 2012 from the European Union together with civill society in other developing countries who are also threatened by similar Free Trade Agreements with the EU.
1.draft to be submitted to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in case the European Union does not respond to People's concerns in its Thai-EU FTA negotiations.
2.the letter summated to Dr.Olarn Chaiprawat, Thai Chief Negotiator