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Opinion on the CETA and human rights "Let us not sacrifice human rights for commercial interests"

Opinion on the CETA and human rights "Let us not sacrifice human rights for commercial interests"

The CNCDH decided to conduct a documented survey on the Commercial agreement between Canada and the European Union in terms of respect of the human rights, including economical and social rights, of environnement, the rule of law, of sustainable development.

Taking account of all of the points raised, and because all of the State Parties to CETA, and also to TTIP and TISA, adhere to the universal principles of human rights24, the CNCDH is initiating discussions on this next generation agreement. The developments are not intended to determine whether free trade should exist or not — the CNCDH is aware that it has boosted development for centuries. But they seek to question the desire, highlighted by the European Commission itself, to show that a robust and ambitious agreement can enable a framework to be created favouring the protection of human rights.
According to a United Nations’ report, « that requires the recognition that human rights are not a barrie rto trade, but that trade can be a significant obstacle to the realization of human rights».