Consumer Education and Research Center (India) Statement on Doha Paragraph Six Negotiations

December 24, 2002

Dear Sir/Madam


This has reference to the above subject. We as a citizens' group and a consumer protection organisation in India hereby express our objections to the above and state as follows:

  1. There should be no compromise on the scope of diseases. Paragraph 4 of the Doha Declaration says: "the TRIPS agreement can and should be interpreted and implemented in a manner supportive of WTO Members' right to protect public health and, in particular, to promote access to medicines for all". It is ridiculous to limit the definition of public health problems to a handful of disease.

  2. The solution should not exclude vaccines or important medical devices.

  3. The solution should not be limited in terms of countries that can import or export products for addressing public health problems. This is because the use of compulsory licensing has been limited.

  4. The solution should not be protectionist and should allow every country to have the same opportunities to address abuses of patent rights, regardless of how large or small its domestic market.

Thanking you
Yours faithfully Bhalchandra Modi
Hon. Director (Advocacy) CERC, Ahmedabad, India.

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