The #WTO has accepted #Pirate Parties International (#PPI) as an Observer of the #WTO Ministerial Conference

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Francisco George‘s insight:

The WTO Secretariat has granted the Pirate Parties International (PPI) the right to observe the WTO’s upcoming ninth ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia. The observer status allows PPI to send a delegation of up to four people to the conference to actively advocate for the goals of the pirate parties movement. PPI will mainly advocate for two issues that it considers to be the most pressing: an international treaty against surveillance, and the inclusion of provisions for free licenses into the TRIPS treaty.


"We are excited about the opportunity to reach out to the participants of the WTO ministerial conference and provide them with insights from those parts of the civil society that are rarely represented at international summits." says Gregory Engels, Co-Chairman of PPI.


PPI has recently been denied observer status with the WIPO following objections from the USA and other industrial countries. The admittance to the WTO can be considered an accolade for the pirates in the arena of international relations.

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