• the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination;
• the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women;
• the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;
• the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
• the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
What is conspicuously missing from this list are all the provisions in these human rights treaties, or their associated "protocols," that permit individuals to complain of violations of human rights by the ratifying party.
In other words, "Palestine" is only too happy to appear to be interested in human rights protection, but it won't allow Palestinians to hold them to it by empowering people to complain if it doesn't.
For instance, the Torture Convention and the Racial Discrimination Convention in theory permit individuals to complain of violations of the two treaties. But "Palestine" refused to agree to these discretionary features.
Other complaint provisions are associated with the two covenants on civil and political rights, and economic rights, and the conventions on women's rights, children's rights and disability rights. There is no indication that "Palestine" is acceding to any of them - effectively excluding any Palestinian from complaining to UN bodies about "Palestine's" violations of their new rights.
Despite this glaring omission, spokesperson Colville proceeded to praise the Palestinians for "a significant step towards enhancing the promotion and protection of human rights". He said
- "I believe, but am checking this, that Palestine is the only country in the whole of the Middle East and North Africa not to make a single reservation on any of the treaties it has ratified...This was a lot of treaties to ratify in one go. But in the end this is really a cause for celebration, and for a State to ratify so many treaties in one go is really commendable."
The truth is that the UN rushed through the "Palestine's" treaty accessions ignoring that it fails to meet the legal qualifications for statehood, and every one of these treaties requires that signature and accession is open only to "states."
On April 2, 2014 the Palestinian Authority officially asked that the "state of Palestine" become a signatory to 21 international conventions. On April 10, 2014 Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General confirmed that "instruments of accession to 14 multilateral treaties" which were received on April 2, 2014 "were in due and proper form".