Newsflash – Swiss Depository accepts accession by Palestine to the Geneva Conventions

Readers will be interested to hear that the Swiss Depository has accepted the instrument of accession of Palestine to the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocol I.

As readers may recall, on 13 September 1989, the Swiss Federal Council informed states parties that it was not in a position to decide whether a similar letter from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation constituted an instrument of accession, “due to the uncertainty within the international community as to the existence or non-existence of a State of Palestine.”

[Editor’s Note: For earlier coverage on the Palestine accession to the Geneva Conventions and other international treaties, see previous posts herehere, and here. Stay tuned on Friday for the next round in the debate between Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Nimrod Karin on legal questions raised by these developments.] 

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Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism. This article is written in the author's personal and academic capacity. Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School; Professor of Law at the Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Member of the editorial board of Just Security. You can follow her on Twitter (@NiAolainF).