An international tribunal has defended the sovereign authority of states to protect health through tobacco control (Twitter NCD Asia Pacific Alliance). The International Centre for Settlement in Investment Disputes (ICSD) has confirmed that tobacco control measures applied by the Uruguayan government do not violate the terms of an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, under which the dispute was initiated.
Interestingly, the verdict was supported by a joint submission, also called amicus brief, from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The brief provides an overview of global tobacco control measures, including the role of WHO FCTC and puts the struggle against big tobacco in historical perspective. The tribunal accepted the submission of the amicus brief on the basis that it provided an independent perspective on the matters of the dispute. Now that the tribunal’s decision has been released the WHO and WHO FCTC make their submission available.
The joint submission is of interest to every campaigner and advocate dedicated to tobacco control worldwide and can be similarly applied to the Asia Pacific.
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