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A Syngenta pesticide produced in Switzerland is implicated in deadly poisonings in India

A Syngenta pesticide produced in Switzerland is implicated in deadly poisonings in India
 — Zurich / Lausanne

From July to October 2017, some 800 agricultural workers were poisoned whilst spraying pesticides on cotton fields in the district of Yavatmal. Over 20 of them died. Public Eye reveals that a key product implicated in the affair was Polo, produced by Syngenta in the Swiss town of Monthey. The agro-chemicals giant exports the insecticide to countries of the South, even though in Switzerland it has been banned since 2009 due to its harmful effects on health and the environment. A motion soon to be discussed in parliament calls for the authorities to ban such toxic exports. …»

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Swissinfo: Swiss campaign to make lifesaving drugs affordable

Swissinfo: Swiss campaign to make lifesaving drugs affordable

 — Swiss authorities must act to make lifesaving drugs more affordable by introducing compulsory licensing, says NGO Public Eye …»

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Swissinfo: Swiss firms pressured to sign Bangladesh safety accord

Swissinfo: Swiss firms pressured to sign Bangladesh safety accord

 — Five years after the factory complex collapse that killed 1,138 textile workers in Bangladesh, 145 international brands have signed an accord to improve factory safety. Only one of them is Swiss. …»

More than 33,000 people call on the Swiss Federal Council to take steps to curb the exorbitant cost of medicines

More than 33,000 people call on the Swiss Federal Council to take steps to curb the exorbitant cost of medicines

 — Public Eye submitted to Alain Berset, the Health Minister, a giant packet of medication containing the 33,103 signatures gathered as part of its collective appeal for affordable medicines. The signatories are requesting the Swiss Federal Council to make use of compulsory licensing where necessary, to fight against the emergence of a two-tier healthcare system in Switzerland. The reaction to …»

Stop TRIPS-plus measures in trade agreement with Indonesia

Stop TRIPS-plus measures in trade agreement with Indonesia

 — Swiss and Norwegians civil society groups led by Public Eye and Third World Network addressed today their serious concerns in an open letter to their Minister of Trade over TRIPS-plus provisions being included in the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), currently under negotiation between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Indonesia. The groups demand that EFTA removes …»

Corruption in Congo and Ivory Coast: Gunvor in the spotlight

Corruption in Congo and Ivory Coast: Gunvor in the spotlight

 — Today, a former employee of the Geneva-based trader was sentenced to a suspended 18-month prison sentence for acts of corruption in Congo Brazzaville and Ivory Coast. Bribes of tens of millions of …»

Dirty Diesel: Dutch Environment Inspectors Confirm Dodgy Business of Swiss Commodities Traders

Dirty Diesel: Dutch Environment Inspectors Confirm Dodgy Business of Swiss Commodities Traders

 — Yesterday the Dutch “Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate” (ILT) presented a …»

UNIQLO makes Federer cry

UNIQLO makes Federer cry

 — Since 2015, 2,000 laid-off Indonesian workers who made clothes for UNIQLO and other companies have been waiting for USD 5.5 million of compensation. That must make Roger Federer – known for his sense …»

Transparency requested in the negotiations between Mercosur and EFTA!

Transparency requested in the negotiations between Mercosur and EFTA!

 — Today, a new round of negotiation of the free-trade agreement between Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) and EFTA (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) kicks off in Geneva. The …»

Public Eye calls on Swiss Federal Council to use compulsory licensing against exorbitant drug prices

Public Eye calls on Swiss Federal Council to use compulsory licensing against exorbitant drug prices

 — Problems with access to lifesaving drugs no longer only affect developing and emerging countries. Even the Swiss healthcare system is struggling to cope with the price explosion of new treatments, in …»

Glencore in the DRC: Public Eye calls upon Swiss justice to take action

Glencore in the DRC: Public Eye calls upon Swiss justice to take action

 — Public Eye has today filed a criminal complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland on account of the activities carried out by the Swiss commodities giant in the Democratic …»