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PA joins 5 UN human rights conventions, including protocol prohibiting children from taking direct part in hostilities

Headline: “Palestine joins 5 UN human rights conventions”
     “According to a statement by a UN spokesman, Palestine joined five UN human rights conventions yesterday [May 2, 2014], including a convention against torture and a convention on children’s rights.
At a press conference in Geneva, Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, listed these UN Conventions as follows: the Convention against Torture, the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In addition, the spokesman announced that Palestine’s joining the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict will take effect on May 7, while its joining of the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will take effect on July 2.”
From Agence France-Presse
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