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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2016


Edited By Centro di Ateneo per i Diritti Umani

The Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2016 provides a dynamic and up-to-date overview of the measures Italy has taken to adapt its legislation and policies to international human rights law and to comply with commitments voluntarily assumed by the Italian Government at the international level.

The 2016 Yearbook surveys the activities of the relevant national and local Italian actors, including governmental bodies, civil society organisations and universities. It also presents reports and recommendations that have been addressed to Italy in 2015 by international monitoring bodies within the framework of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Finally, the Yearbook provides a selection of international and national case-law that casts light on Italy's position vis-à-vis internationally recognised human rights.

"Italy and Human Rights in 2015: Universal Ethics, Good Governance and Political Realism" is the focus of the introductory section of the Yearbook. Starting with the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights law plunged onto the world stage with very specific principles and rules, which represent so many points that are essential not only for the legality but also for the sustainability of the political agenda. The universal code of human rights, widely ratified by Italy, presses for a continuous commitment to perfecting the legal order, which has immediate significance for the good governance agenda.

The Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2016 represents an updated orientation tool with regards the main initiatives to be undertaken on the legislative, infrastructural and policy-making fronts in order to strengthen the Italian system for promoting and protecting human rights.

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Region of Veneto


The Region of Veneto has been operating organically for the promotion of human rights, the culture of peace and international cooperation, ever since 1988, the year when the first regional law on such issues was adopted in Italy (regional law 30 March 1988, No. 18). In 1999, regional law 18/1988 was replaced by the current r.l. 16 December 1999, No. 55, on “Regional measures for the promotion of human rights, a culture of pace, development cooperation and solidarity”. With r.l. 24 December 2013, No. 37, the Region established the post of Regional Ombudsperson for the Rights of the Person which integrates the functions of the Ombudsperson, of the Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents (both created in 1988), as well as those of promotion and protection of the rights of persons deprived of their liberty.

In the context of the Regional Government, issues concerning human rights pertain to the Councillor on Social Services, a post currently held by Manuela Lanzarin. Measures and activities concerning international relations and development cooperation are overseen directly by the Regional Governor, Luca Zaia.

In virtue of r.l. 55/1999, the Committee on Human Rights and the Culture of Peace (articles 12-13) and the Committee on Development Cooperation (articles 14-15) operate to fulfil their mandate of formulating three-year programmes and annual plans of implementation according to their respective areas of competence and intervention. In addition, the law promotes and supports the Regional Archive “Pace Diritti Umani – Peace Human Rights” (article 2), the...

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