Sinde de Strijcker
Trade and Investment • Human Rights • Fair, Green and Global (FGG) • Agroecology • Anthropologist • Gender • Latin America and the Caribbean
At Both ENDS I am committed to scrutinize Dutch and European trade and investment policies, and their consequences for communities in the Global South. I consider it of utter importance that the voices of those negatively affected by such policies find their way to the negotiation tables in order to stimulate dialogue between all stakeholders. Both ENDS continuously makes the effort to enable such processes. Especially working with civil society organizations worldwide is what gives me energy. While focusing on social just and sustainable alternatives to the current global trade and investment policies, I am also inspired by the resilience and resourcefulness demonstrated time and again by affected communities.
International trade agreements often have far-reaching consequences not only for the economy of a country, but also for people and the environment. It is primarily the most vulnerable groups who suffer most from these agreements.
Investment treaties must be inclusive, sustainable and fair. That means that they must not put the interests of companies before those of people and their living environment.
Press release / 29 June 2020
Germany must use its influence as president of the EU in the second half of this year to ensure that the controversial EU-Mercosur free trade agreement is not signed. This is the message in a letter presented to German chancellor Angela Merkel today by 265 civil society and environmental organisations from the EU and Mercosur countries. The deal between the EU and Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay will stimulate destruction of the natural environment and the violation of human rights in vulnerable areas in South America. The agreement will also give European farmers an unfair competitive advantage. Dutch signatories to the letter include Greenpeace and Both ENDS and various organisations united in the Handel Anders! coalition.
News / 21 January 2019
Today an alliance of more than 150 organisations, trade unions and social movements in countries across Europe is launching a joint programme against unfair trade and investment agreements, and especially against the controversial Investor-to-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. Under ISDS, investors can bring complaints against states whose social and environmental legislation pose a threat to their profits.