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The Arab Charter entered into force in January 2008 after seven countries ratified the text. However,according to the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Charter contains provisions that do not meet international norms and standards, including the application of the death penalty for children, the treatment it endorses of women and non-citizens and the equating of Zionism with racism.

See the following sections for more information:

Provisions

Interpretation

Reporting

Ratifications

The charter text