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Jakarta Post

RI pushes for treaty against theft of genetic resources and culture

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 19 2009   /  01:10 pm

In a move that will likely cause unease among Western academics and artists, Indonesia and other developing countries are pushing for a legally binding treaty to protect their precious natural resources and cultural heritage from being "stolen" or "misused" by other countries. Director for legal treaties on economic and cultural affairs at Indonesia's Foreign Ministry, Damos Dumoli Agusman, said 33 Asian and African countries would gather in Bali from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27 to prepare a draft treaty that will be brought before a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) to be held in Geneva in December. "We hope to finalize the draft soon because we cannot afford to let developed countries, which oppose our initiative, to come up with a ...