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Palestine formally joins 5 UN human rights treaties

Published time: May 04, 2014 13:45
Edited time: May 05, 2014 00:15
Reuters/Majdi Fathi

Reuters/Majdi Fathi

Palestine has signed up to five global treaties, which ban torture and racial discrimination, while protecting the rights of women, children and the disabled, the UN has stated.

On May 7, Palestine will also sign an agreement that will protect children in conflict zones. This is an optional part of the overall child rights treaty. On July 2, it will also bring into effect a treaty governing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, according to AFP.

Palestine joined:

  • United Nations Convention Against Torture
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child

Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the UN human rights office, told journalists that this comes after Palestine’s declaration in April to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that they intended adopting the treaties.

“This accession to seven core human rights treaties and a key protocol is a significant step towards enhancing the promotion and protection of human rights in Palestine,” Colville told reporters.

“It is notable in a region with a high number of reservations to human rights treaties, that Palestine is acceding to eight human rights treaties without making a single reservation,” he added.

Palestine gained observer status at the United Nations in November 2012, which opened the way for it to adopt a number of international treaties, despite strong opposition from Israel. They also joined the Geneva Convention, which sets down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

The Palestinians have submitted requests to the United Nations to adopt accords including the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, and an anti-corruption agreement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said earlier that the Palestinians were going to apply for admittance to 15 UN agencies and conventions.

Following Fatah's reconciliation with Hamas, the peace talks between Israel and Palestine have collapsed.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has recently called for Israel’s military to stop shooting at Palestine civilians in Gaza. There have been 4 deaths and some 60 injuries since the beginning of this year based on UN statistics

"Month after month, Israeli forces have wounded and killed unarmed Palestinians who did nothing but cross an invisible, shifting line that Israel has drawn inside Gaza’s perimeter,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch in a statement published on the organization’s website.

Comments (137)


Anthurian Pale 15.05.2014 23:52

Good Muslims are represented by Boko Haram!
Israel needs to protect itself from the barbaric animals such as the Hamas, equivalent to Boko Haram! What does this Muslim group want ? they want to sell the girls as sex slaves. Some of the Muslims of Boku Harem will rape these Girls as the Prophet Muhammad did when he was victorious in one of his battles.
Now with the Increase of Islam and atheism in the western world.This means that one ideology could over power the other! If Islam wins then,woman would lose their rights, girls will not be able to go to school, raping becomes acceptable etc. Israel is protecting itself.


O'Reilly 09.05.2014 10:11

Kenny 06.05.2014 01:49

The UN let more terrorist Muslim in...... Disgusting.


Ha ve you heard of the Lavone Affair? Find out about it. You might learn a thing or two about terrorism.


O'Reilly 09.05.2014 10:10

gfhdjs 06.05.2014 11:54

Not all Zionists are bad People...

N ot all Jews are Zionists. Best solution would be a 2 State Solution and a jewish State. Jews should have their own State. But for example in Tel Aviv, many of the houses and appartements are empty. Their owners are in France, USA or elsewhere.


No t all fascists were bad people either....

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