Trade pacts like NAFTA must no longer be regarded merely as charters of rights for large corporations. Instead, they must serve ordinary citizens and address their problems, such as low wages, endemic corruption, and human-rights violations.
Some would prefer a quick conclusion to the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, that began this week. But there is a strong case for a different approach, involving trade and something more important: human rights.
Last month, the United States declined to appear before the InterAmerican Human Rights Commission in Washington, for the first time in decades.