Asian people speaks out about the negative impacts of WTO

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005

"Say no to WTO" was the consensus reached by Asian grassroots activists who gathered this morning at Victoria Park in Hong Kong to share their experiences of unfair trade policies imposed by rich nations. Under the banner of Asian People's Caravan for Justice and Sovereignty 2005, the collective demands of farmers, fisherfolk, HIV-positive people, Dalits, workers and urban poor women were powerfully voiced to a full tent on the first day of WTO negotiations taking place nearby at the barricaded Convention Center.

"Changes in the agricultural sector due to WTO, such as new technologies introduced by multi-national corporations, are leading Dalits to hunger and suicides since they are dependent on this sector for their livelihood,"