India firmly opposed
inclusion of issues like human rights, labour standards, gender equality and
environment in global trade negotiations despite consistent efforts by the
developed countries to have them included.
The issues were raised at
a meeting organized by the Inter Parliamentary union and European Parliament at
the ongoing 11th Ministerial Conference of WTO
For India, they are all
Three members of Indian parliament- Kirit
Somaiya, Anurag Thakur and Swapan Dasgupta are here for the parliamentary
meetings while 200 members of the European Parliament have made it. "Developed countries
keep coming up with such issues to keep developing countries on tenterhooks,
divert their time and resources and slyly try to creep in these issues in main
negotiations sometime later," said an expert on trade matters.
Developing countries also feel the duplicity on
part of the proponents of environment standards in WTO as they are not part of
Convention of Biodiversity, Paris Agreement or Kyoto protocol. Another expert said that
it is a lever and ploy by developed countries because no nation will ever say
that it is against gender equality or environment and labour standards.
"We didn't agree to introduce these in the
Parliamentary conference. We are against rule making on these though we are not
against these issues per se," the official added.