13.12.2010

Video of the protest organised by MSF in support of their Hands off! campaign on the first day of the EU-India summit. MSF along with other organisations are protesting the inclusion of provisions in a free trade agreement between Europe and India that will damage the availability of generic medicines produced in India.

"Hands off our medicine" was the cry from demonstrators in Brussels on Friday 10th December as they staged a noisy protest in support of MSF’s ‘Hands Off’ campaign outside an India-EU summit. The campaign aims to get the European Union and India to purge their proposed bilateral Free Trade Agreement of provisions that could halt the availability of medicines for poor countries.

For more information about the campaign and to join up, click here.

Hands off campaign event in Brussels from MSF on Vimeo.

Right now India, often referred to as the pharmacy of the developing world, provides 80% of the antiretroviral medicines used by MSF in its AIDS treatment programmes. MSF is treating 160,000 people living with HIV and AIDS, but globally, many more depend on these affordable drugs to stay alive and healthy.

The protest in Brussels took place outside the building where India and the EU were holding a high-level bilateral summit meeting.

Protests also took place the same week in Nairobi, Bangkok, Jakarta and New Delhi in support of the ’Hands Off’ campaign.

For more information about the campaign and to join up, click here.

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