Big Tobacco's deadly attack
To the ICSID Tribunal arbitrating the Philip Morris-Uruguay BIT dispute:
We call on you to rule in favour of Uruguay in the lawsuit brought against them by Philip Morris for passing effective anti-smoking laws. Uruguay has the right to protect the public health of its citizens, and a ruling in Philip Morris's favour would open the door for them to attack anti-smoking laws in all of our countries. These laws are saving lives everywhere, and our governments should be able to enact and enforce them everywhere.
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It's a scary reality: a single company, with a product that kills, could overturn laws that protect our health. This court has already come under fire for not listening to the public in similar lawsuits. Let's ensure they listen now: if we launch a giant call and work with a world class legal team to carry our voices into the courtroom, the judges won’t be able to turn a blind eye.
Let’s tell the court that this doesn’t just affect Uruguay -- if Big Tobacco gets their way, it opens the door for challenges everywhere -- at least 4 other countries are in the legal crosshairs, and many more have anti-smoking laws at risk.
We have to move fast -- the court is already hearing arguments. Sign to protect our public health and our democracies from corporate greed -- each of our names will be submitted to the court.