On 12 October, the closing day of the Asia Pacific Regional Conference (APRECON) in Fukuoka, around 250 delegates representing more than 70 PSI affiliates from 18 countries resolved to intensify the struggle against the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) under negotiation among 16 countries in the region.
Hurricane Matthew wrought devastation as it made landfall in Haïti on 3 and 4 October, killing hundreds, displacing thousands, destroying homes and causing widespread flooding across the impoverished nation. Matthew has left Haïti in desperate need of aid. PSI is calling on all affiliates to donate to the PSI Haiti Relief Fund. The funds will be used for the immediate relief and assistance to the members of PSI’s affiliate, the CTSP, who live in the affected towns.
On 17 October a platform calling for EU-wide whistleblower protection is launched by the first 44 signatories of a joint statement. It will be open for additional organisations and individuals to sign after the launch. The LuxLeaks trial and others have brought the lack of protection of whistleblowers at EU-level into sharp focus.