Peruvian Congressional Health Commission Declares the Drug Atazanavir to Be in the Public Interest

 Posted by on May 26, 2017  Comments Off on Peruvian Congressional Health Commission Declares the Drug Atazanavir to Be in the Public Interest
May 262017
 

English translation of a joint press release by eight Peruvian civil society organizations.  Tranlation by Justin Mendoza (Access to Medicines Organizer, Public Citizen).  The original press release in Spanish is available here, and the text is reproduced below.

[CONTACT: MARLON CASTILLO – Phone: 942118412]  Lima, May 25, 2017 – The Congress of the Republic’s Health Commission approved by majority vote Draft Law 275/2016-CR, which proposes to declare the medicine Atazanavir to be in the public interest. Atazanavir is used in antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV and has cost the Peruvian government over 75 million soles over-expenditure in the past four years due to the monopoly held by the pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb for its brand-name version of the drug, known as Reyataz. Continue reading »

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Apr 162014
 

mm-cropped[Cross posted from Digital Rights LAC, Link (CC-BY-SA)] In the last chapter of a long debate, the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property suspended the board of the Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers for one year. But what hides within this long discussion in a country like Peru, which is advancing firmly in its economic and cultural development? A radical change, perhaps.

During October 2013, an investigative report managed to inform the public on how copyright is designed and enforced in Peru. Its revelations have prompted congressional hearings, a state decision to suspend the directors of a collecting society, the first designation, after ten years, of a new director for the Office of Copyright and up to thirteen bills that aim to modify the most controversial parts of the law. Does this represent a real change for copyright in Peru or is it just a temporary phenomenon? Continue reading »

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Peruvian Legislators File Motion Seeking Public Debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership

 Posted by on September 4, 2013  Comments Off on Peruvian Legislators File Motion Seeking Public Debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership
Sep 042013
 

peru flagOn August 28, a group of members of the Peruvian legislature – the Parlamentario Acción Popular-Frente Amplio – proposed a motion that asks for greater transparency in the Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations.  Specifically, the motion seeks “a public, political, and technical debate on the proposals of the Trans-pacific Partnership” and requests “the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism and the technical team in charge of the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to report on the matter.”   Continue reading »

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Peruvian Trade Minister on IP in the Trans Pacific Partnership: “will not go one millimeter beyond” our FTA with the U.S.

 Posted by on June 13, 2013  Comments Off on Peruvian Trade Minister on IP in the Trans Pacific Partnership: “will not go one millimeter beyond” our FTA with the U.S.
Jun 132013
 
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Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism José Silva Martinot – asked about intellectual property (IP) provisions proposed by the United States in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations – said on television that Peru will not accept terms that exceed those in its existing bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. The minister said “We as Peru have been clear and we will not go one millimeter beyond what has already negotiated.”

Peruvian officials have indicated their reluctance to exceed US-Peru FTA provisions on IP in the past, but recently they have come under increasing pressure not to give in to U.S. demands. Continue reading »

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Dec 142012
 

[Originally posted on accessnow.org] Last month, the Peruvian Government made public its intention to hold Internet Service Providers (ISPs) responsible for copyright infringement by their users. Peru committed to doing so — imposing intermediary liability — in a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. in 2006. However, many have criticized the legislative process thus far as lacking transparency. The outcome of this process will affect Peru’s position on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a trade agreement being negotiated among Pacific Rim governments. It also displays the worst practices in multi-stakeholder decision-making, a key component of internet governance. Continue reading »

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Peruvians Balance the Public Debate on Internet User Rights

 Posted by on November 12, 2012  Comments Off on Peruvians Balance the Public Debate on Internet User Rights
Nov 122012
 

[Reposted from AccessNow.org] Last June, my government proposed a law that could have imprisoned the average internet user for no fault of their own. The Cybercrime Bill would have overturned our Constitutional right to communications secrecy and given police easy access to our data. With Access, we created a coalition of voices pushing for a revised law that protected user rights to privacy and freedom of expression. That fight is not over: the Cybercrime Bill is dormant but not dead. However, until civil society gains a stronger voice over internet policy, and Peruvian politicians recognize us as meaningful stakeholders, we only expect more of the same problematic laws. Continue reading »

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Opposition to Peruvian computer crimes legislation

 Posted by on August 24, 2012  Comments Off on Opposition to Peruvian computer crimes legislation
Aug 242012
 

Over 5,000 people have used the Access speakout platform to send messages to their legislators voicing concern over a controversial computer crimes bill that has been introduced in Peru.

The legislation’s critics warn that the legislation would criminalize user actions that are not illegal in other settings (such as possession of certain technologies with legal uses), force internet companies to provide user identities to authorities, and apply disproportionate punishments for property crimes. Continue reading »

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Inside U.S. Trade – Peru Minister Rejects U.S. IPR Proposal In TPP

 Posted by on December 19, 2011  Comments Off on Inside U.S. Trade – Peru Minister Rejects U.S. IPR Proposal In TPP
Dec 192011
 

Inside U.S. Trade reports that Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Jose Luis Silva rejects the U.S. proposal for intellectual property, saying “Peru does not want to go farther than what it has agreed in the area of intellectual property … in the free trade agreement with the United States… the United States is making a proposal to favor its companies, and the rest of the countries have the right to say ‘no’ because it harms the interests of their citizens.”   He said that the Peruvian position involves greater protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources, and that most of the other countries negotiating the TPP are closer to Peru’s postion than the American one. Click here for the full story on insideustrade.com

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