Palestinians adopt UN human rights treaties to end torture, discrimination
Published on May 3, 2014 12:13 AM
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.
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