Palestinians adopt five U.N. human rights treaties, U.N. says

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( The Palestinians officially adopted five global treaties on human rights on Friday, according to a United Nations official.

The five treaties ban torture and racial discrimination, and protect the rights of women, children, and the disabled.

On May 7, the Palestinians are expected to join two more treaties on children’s rights, and additional human rights treaties on July 2.

“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,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said, AFP reported.

The announcement is part of unilateral moves taken by the Palestinians following the collapse of their peace talks with Israel. 

Posted on May 2, 2014 .