EU asked to halt Vietnam trade pact
- Published: 2 May 2013 at 14.23
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The International Federation for Human Rights has called on the European Union (EU) to pause negotiations toward a free trade agreement with Vietnam, to fully evaluate how workers in the country could be affected.
Protesters in Thailand hold up placards urging the government to be careful of entering into a free trade deal with the EU. The International Federation for Human Rights has called on the EU to pause free trade negotiations with Vietnam, to assess the pact's potential repercussions for human rights. (Photo: Bangkok Post)
The EU began trying to negotiate a free trade agreement with Asean in 2007, but talks stalled in 2009. It then started pursuing bilateral deals with individual Asean countries in 2009, initiating discussions with Vietnam last year.
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