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Abbas Signs Letters of Accession to 15 International Treaties

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RAMALLAH, April 2, 2014 (WAFA) – President Mhamoud Abbas Tuesday signed letters of accession to 15 international agreements and organizations following Israel's refusal to commit to the agreed upon release of the final batch of pre-Oslo prisoners.

Below is a list of the international treaties and agreement which President Abbas signed on Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the international convention on the suppression and punishment of the crime of apartheid.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the international covenant on civil and political rights.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the four Geneva convention of 12 August 1949 and the first additional protocol.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the Vienna convention on consular relations.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the convention on the rights of the child and the optional protocol to the convention on the rights of the child on the child on the involvement of children in children in armed conflict.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to 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.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of discrimination against women.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the Vienna convention on the law of treaties.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

  Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the united nation convention against corruption.

- Instrument of Accession of the state of Palestine to the convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide.

To be noted, the PLO decided on July 2013 to postpone accession to multilateral treaties and conventions in exchange for the release of 104 pre-Oslo prisoners in four stages, yet Israel declined to release the fourth batch which was due on April 29.

M.N./T.R.

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