African Civil Society Outcry Over ARIPO’s Closed Decision-Making On Health And IP


As the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Administrative Council meets this week, more than 60 civil society groups are calling for greater inclusion and more transparency on access to medicines and diagnostics. Signatories are asking for a review of the Harare Protocol on patents and industrial designs, and raised concern about over-reliance on advice of the United Nations intellectual property agency for decisions affecting broader public health in the region.

The 42nd ARIPO Administrative Council is taking place from 19-23 November in Namibia.

The letter [pdf] to ARIPO was co-signed by 62 African civil society and public interest groups. It says that although the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)…

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