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UN: Palestinian Authority has applied to join worldwide treaties

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has submitted applications for joining in 15 international treaties and conventions, United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq announced in New York City on Wednesday according to the UN News Center.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour speaks at a press conference at the United Nations, lobbying for UN non-member observer status for Palestine, Nov. 27, 2012.
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The treaties and conventions involved include a range of human rights issues and diplomatic relations.

The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the PLO and the PA Robert Serry received applications for 13 of the treaties and conventions while Swiss and Dutch Representatives to the PA received applications for two others.

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour stated of the applications, “Palestine is exercising its legal right as a State to join those instruments and live up to its international responsibility.

“We are proud of this and consider it a step by our President to consolidate and strengthen the pillars of the State of Palestine in the international system,” he added.

Palestine was granted the status of a non-member observer State at the United Nations in 2012.

According to a press release from the office of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the 15 international treaties and conventions to which the Palestinian Authority applied are:

  • The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
  • The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
  • The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • The United Nations Convention against Corruption
  • The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
  • The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
  • The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • The Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the First Additional Protocol
  • The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land

Mr. Haq noted that the United Nations will now review the applications made by the PA and then determine the next steps of the process.

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