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Declaration of Inhumanity

Action of the People of the United States of America, July 9, 2002

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for the people of
one Nation to accuse their government of preventing the peoples of other
Nations from accessing lifesaving treatments for HIV and AIDS, a decent
respect requires that they should publicly state the crimes of their
leaders.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all the peoples of the world
are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain
unalienable rights, that among these are the Right to Health Care, including
access to lifesaving medications.

But when a long train of Abuses and Deceptions evinces a design to prevent
many Nations from providing their citizens with treatment, it is the Right,
it is the Duty, of the People of the United States to indict their
Government, and to demand that it immediately cease and desist in all such
actions.

The History of the U. S. in this matter is one of repeated Injuries and
Usurpations, all having in direct object the denial of low-cost generic
medications to those desperately in need. To prove this, let facts be
submitted to a candid World.

IT has refused to provide adequate resources for the Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, TB and Malaria, approving only $250 million in 2002, rather than the
$1.2 billion needed.

IT has undermined the Global Fund by calling it inefficient, ineffective and
doomed to failure, prophecies the U.S. is working to fulfill by providing
only a small fraction of its fair share.

IT has taken monies approved to provide HIV treatment and mandated that they
be used only to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

IT has threatened countries such as Thailand, Kenya and South Africa with
trade sanctions or intimidation if they attempt to import or produce generic
medications, dropping such sanctions only under intense pressure from
activists.

IT has reneged on its promise, made at Doha, by blocking a WTO proposal by
poor Nations that was intended to expedite their ability to import
medications which they had no ability to manufacture.

IT has attempted to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with Nations, such
as Jordan, Morocco and Chile, that add insurmountable hurdles for the
issuance of compulsory licenses, even as the United States routinely issues
compulsory licenses in non-health, non-emergency situations.

IT has attempted to negotiate regional trade agreements, such as the FTAA,
that violate the spirit of the DOHA Declaration and add burdensome
requirements to the TRIPS agreement that would dramatically limit the
ability to produce or import generic medications.

IT has pressured Nations to enact laws that would extend patent times for
medications, thus delaying the production of generic versions of these
drugs.

IT has threatened to take Nations, such as Brazil, before the WTO, in a
failed attempt to stop that Nation´s successful program of generic
production.

IT has been silent in the face of racist statements by U.S. policy makers
regarding the ability of people in developing countries to take their
medications on schedule, saying they "lack the requisite concept of time.

IT has colluded with the pharmaceutical industry as it threatens and
intimidates Nations that plan to produce or export generic medications.

IT has consistently blocked actions at the World Health Organization that
would assist nations that wish to produce or import generic medications,
such as the creation of a worldwide database of generic drug price.

IT refused to support an expansion of the WHO´s Essential Drugs List that
added many AIDS-related medications.

IT has actively worked against efforts to eliminate the crushing debt and
Structural Adjustment Programs that prevent many Nations from providing
health care.

We, therefore, the People of the United States of America, do solemnly
Publish and Declare that our Government must renounce its prior actions and
instead work with other Nations to ensure that lifesaving medications are
available to at least 3 million people with HIV by the year 2005. And for
the support of this Declaration, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives,
our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

 

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