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After our 2013 investigations in Russia, Ukraine, India and Argentina, Public Eye (formerly the Berne Declaration) investigated in 2016 into the clinical trial offshoring in Egypt. Our research work on the ground, in a very opaque environment, has shed the light on serious ethical violations. 

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 — Join Health Action International and the Berne Declaration for a public conference on Clinical Drug Trials, 30 september 2016 in Geneva. 

 — For the first time, new research has revealed the true cost of Eastern Europe’s shoe manufacturing industry: tens of thousands of workers producing shoes sold as ‘Italian’ or ‘German’ – and often earning even less than their counterparts in China. Until now, brand-name companies have shown far too little interest in the conditions under which their shoes are produced. 

 — A mass opposition will today be filed against a patent on tomatoes held by the Swiss company Syngenta. 65.000 individuals from 59 countries and 32 organisations are supporting the opposition. Never before have so many people been involved in an opposition at the European Patent Office (EPO). They are all opposing the Syngenta patent, which claims tomato seeds, plants and fruit as an invention, but 

 — On April 24th 2013 the deadliest tragedy in the history of garment industry happened in Dhaka. Three years later, all of the victims finally have received compensation. But despite public pressure, factories remain blatantly unsafe. 

 — Less than a year after its launch, the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative has gathered the required number of signatures. This significant step paves the way for the initiative to be taken up by 

 — Switzerland will soon return a sum of 321 million dollars to Nigeria, which was confiscated from the clan of the African nation's former dictator Sani Abacha. In an open letter, Swiss and Nigerian 

 — Tax avoidance and evasion represent a systemic drain on government revenues needed for the fulfilment of women’s rights and gender equality. As the international human rights system begins to grapple 

 — As Swedish fashion giant H&M prepares to announce a predicted increase in their profits for 2015, labour rights groups are calling on the company to do more to protect garment workers in Bangladesh, 

 — The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a patent held by Monsanto on melons (EP1962578) for technical reasons. Monsanto was claiming melons with a natural resistance to plant viruses as its own 

 — The new report of the NGO alliance No Patents On Seeds shows the latest developments on the patenting of plants. Around 2400 patents on plants and 1400 patents on animals have been granted in Europe