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Support Arab accesstion and participation in the WTO
Petition Background (Preamble):
Applications of some of Arab countries for admission to the WTO are “clinically dead”. Other Arab countries’ applications are at a “standstill”.
However, pragmatically, there are prerequisites for accession, such as protection for human rights, religious freedom, and democracy, and not having any trade boycotts. Since Arab countries have their own cultures and do not share all Western values, they are essentially banned from joining the WTO. It seems that WTO accession is a power-based process, rather than a rule-based process, as some legal scholars and WTO members claim.
Academics and policymakers should join forces and push for more Arab accesstion and participation in the WTO.
The Support Arab accesstion and participation in the WTO petition to Academics, policymakers was written by Bashar H. Malkawi and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: wto, free trade, arab countries, accession, jordan