Statement of Solidarity with the Filipino People
Against the Ratification
of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement
President of the Phillippines, Malacanang
We, representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) concerned over chemical safety issues, toxic wastes, and health:
- Affirm the inalienable human right of all individuals to life and to the enjoyment of a healthy environment,
- Mindful of the serious risk of damage to human health and the environment caused by hazardous wastes and their trade,
- Consider toxic waste exports, including toxic technologies, from Japan to the developing countries of Asia, under the guises of free trade agreements such as the Japanese Economic Partnership Agreements and the Environmentaly Sound Management (ESM), repugnant to our vision and ongoing work towards a caring and just society free of waste and toxics,
- Deeply conscious of the environmental, public health, and human rights crisis that existing bilateral or multilateral free trade agreements – such as the North American Free Trade Agreement – have created, including the usurpation of democratic decision-making processes from marginalized and indigenous communities,
- Strongly urge the Philippines, and other Asian nations that have not done so, to immediately ratify the Basel Ban Amendment which will prohibit Japanese and other countries exports of toxic wastes to developing countries such as the Philippines.
- Demand full transparency in all information involving the trade of toxic wastes and other banned and controlled substances from Japan and all Asian countries.
- Call on Asian governments to seriously embark on programs to prevent hazardous and other wastes at source via toxics use reductions, stopping planned obsolescence, and holding manufacturers accountable for the products they produce.
We resolve to carry out and pursue the following actions:
- Conduct research to probe on toxic waste and technology transfer in Asia and their impacts to community health, economy and environment.
- Cooperate with concerned people's organizations and movements working on globalization and other related issues to facilitate information sharing, joint action, and monitoring of Japanese efforts to export toxic waste and other banned and controlled substances to Asia.
- Stand in solidarity with all of Philippine civil society in outrage over the ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement.
Signed 9 October 2008.
Basel Action Network
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative (GAIA)
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)
International Pops Elimination Network
Arnika, Czech Republic
Toxics Link (India), India
Indonesia Toxics-Free Network, Indonesia
Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand
Campaign For Future Of Filipino Children (CFFC), Japan
Chemical Sensitivity Support Center, Japan
Citizens Against Chemical Pollution (CACP), Japan
Citizens Policy Research Committee, Japan
Environmental Forum of Toyonaka Citizens, Japan
Forum for Peace, Human Rights and the Environment, Japan
Jubilee Kansai Network, Japan
Kansai Action Center on Philippine Human Rights Issues, Japan
No to WTO/FTA Grassroots Campaign, Japan
Stop the Dioxin Pollution! Kansai Network, Japan
Yutaka Saburi, University of Fukui, Japan
Consumers' Association of Penang and, Malaysia
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends of the Earth Malaysia), Malaysia
Pesticide Action Network (Mauritius), Mauritius
Friends of the Earth, South Africa
Ecologistas en Accion, Spain
Campaign for Alternative Industry Network, Thailand
American Environmental Health Studies Project, USA
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, USA
Institute for Local Self-Reliance, USA
Richard Gutierrez, Coordinator, Basel Action Network Asia-Pacific
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Anne Larracas and Gigie Cruz, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
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Beau Baconguis, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
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Ronnel Lim, Health Care Without Harm
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