Palestine Joins 5 UN Human Rights Treaties


"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…"


The PA won observer status at the UN in November 2012, opening the way for it to adopt a host of international accords. However, the authority undertook to freeze all moves to seek membership in UN organizations and international conventions for the duration of peace talks with Israel.

Those talks proved to be inconclusive and expired this week


After the breakdown in the peace talks with Israel. the Palestinians are moving forward with a plan to have the West Bank recognized as a state under occupation.

In the absence of negotiations, the Palestinians plan to proceed cautiously as they join more than 40 other treaties and agencies, culminating in an application to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which was established in 2002 to prosecute perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The court is seen by the Palestinians as a powerful tool because, experts say, Israel risks prosecution there for its policy of settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories Israel seized in the 1967 war and which, along with Gaza, the Palestinians claim for their state.

“Israel cannot maintain the status quo,” said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, in a recent interview. “I hope Netanyahu has a good legal team studying this,” he said of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “so he won’t be surprised if we take further action to defend ourselves.”

Some Israelis are hoping the Palestinians will go to the International Criminal Courts, since it would allow ordinary Israelis to press claims against Palestinian officials.


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