USA: Public Interest Coalition letter: No fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Amnesty International has joined a broad coalition of 14 public interest groups in delivering a letter to members of Congress, urging U.S. lawmakers not to grant the Obama administration "fast-track" authority for trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Fast-track authority, also known as "trade promotion authority," requires Congress to waive its Constitutional authority to review treaties, limiting its ability to seek fixes and amendments. In the case of agreements negotiated in near-total secrecy, like the TPP, granting fast-track authority would create a dangerous lack of accountability. The TPP is a complex multi-national agreement that could extend restrictive laws around the world and rewrite international rules of copyright enforcement in ways that could further restrict online rights.