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Palestine adopts UN human rights treaties
Published Friday 02/05/2014 (updated) 05/05/2014 17:36
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GENEVA (AFP) -- Palestine on Friday became a formal party to five global treaties banning torture and racial discrimination, and protecting the rights of women, children and the disabled, the UN said.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters that the move followed the Palestinians' April 2 declaration to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that they were adopting the treaties.

In addition, Palestine will on May 7 become party to an accord protecting children in conflict zones -- which is an optional part of the overall child rights treaty -- and on July 2 it will adopt two agreements governing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

"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," Coville 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.

In the face of fierce Israeli opposition, Palestine won observer status at the United Nations in November 2012, opening the way for it to adopt a host of international accords.

The PLO had pledged to freeze all moves to seek membership in UN organizations and international conventions during peace the talks in return for Israel's release of veteran Palestinian prisoners.

In addition to the UN treaties, the PLO has also signed up formally to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

The PLO also submitted requests to the United Nations to adopt accords including the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, and an anti-corruption agreement.
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1 ) jesse / usaa
02/05/2014 21:13
I am confused. is hamas included when the article reads palesitine>

2 ) Robby / Ireland
03/05/2014 00:23
Is Israel a party to these treaties and in particular the accord protecting children in conflict zones. Given the number of children killed, maimed and imprisoned by the IOF, having been tried in military courts, which is illegal under international law, I very much doubt it.

3 ) @ Jesse-1 / USA too
03/05/2014 01:06
Hamas is probably not included in anything, but It really does Not matter much anyway, since As the PLO continues down the road of acquiring useless memberships & treaties, Palestine continues down the road of: -1- becoming more of A STATE ON PAPER ONLY, and -2- Never Acquiring Any More Land, than "City-Islands" and Gaza, that the PLO & Hamas control today !!

4 ) shirley / Australia
03/05/2014 12:08
its illega; to take land bt force its illegal to tax the occupied people itys war crime to blocjade civillianns and paper or not it cannot be taken by forceit is no longer an argument the state of palestine is state i94 of united nations and can demand peace keepers and can defend itself and no matter what zionists do can no longer claim it get out or be shoved out sanctioned out you will be pushed asidethe borders are defined recources defined not one more grain sand

5 ) Robby / Ireland
03/05/2014 17:29
@USAtoo which proves that's it's Israel that is denying Palestine's right to exist not the other way around.

6 ) Arnold / Canada
03/05/2014 17:37
Hey Mr and Mrs Palestinian .... joining up is a 2 way street. You now fall under the rules. WE will be watching you too.

7 ) @3 zio jesse hiding in USA / USA
03/05/2014 22:13
and unto you

8 ) Reader / from Edmonton
04/05/2014 08:39
Yes Jesse.

9 ) ian / australia (1)
04/05/2014 13:12
#1 "I am confused. is hamas included when the article reads palesitine>" You ARE confused, Jesse. That's like asking if the Republican Party is included if Obama signs a trade deal. Hamas is a political party. It rules Gaza like a defacto government because Gaza is blockaded, essentially under siege by Israel which limits contact with the rest of Palestine. However, the PLO is the body that represents the Palestinian people as a whole, inc. Gaza, and the UN treaties joined by the State of

10 ) ian / australia (2)
04/05/2014 13:13
(contd.) Palestine, which is a UN non-member observer STATE, have been joined in the name of ALL Palestinians. (The PA, dominated by Fatah, a rival party, is the body created by Oslo to govern Area A in the West Bank.) It's brilliant really. Half of the State of Palestine is occupied and half is under siege (and constantly being attacked) which makes it almost impossible for Palestinians to function as a single political entity. No wonder you're confused. It's confusing, in fact,

11 ) ian / australia (3)
04/05/2014 13:15
(contd.) a complete shemozzle, which is the obvious intention. (If you're being snide about Hamas' human rights record, well, yes, as signatories, they will have to clean up their act but then a LOT of major changes are coming like recognition of Israel and renouncing violent resistance when the unity government, insha'Allah, is created.) Helpful?

12 ) Mel / USA
05/05/2014 17:46
cont:End Israel's illegal military occupation,1/2 century standing-army "emergency laws,"closed military zones"(land&resource theft)& collective punishment on all non-Jews in ALL Palestinian territories&Palestinian resistance,is unnecessary. But,Israel WON'T do that,because it desires full CONTROL(Nazi style).Pre-67 Israel is already recognized. Its "Jews-only"expansionism is NOT & never will be!

13 ) Puck / Canada
10/05/2014 04:15
Most posters here take as Gospel that Israel is occupying a foreign country. Is the West Bank occupied territory? Absolutely. In keeping with every metric used to determine aboriginal land claims (e.g. United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples): history, archeology, geographical place names, sacred narrative, and law, Jews are occupying Jewish ancestral territory. Arabs are occupying Jewish ancestral territory.
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