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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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European Union


I. European Parliament

The European Parliament (EP), together with the Commission and the Council of the European Union, exercises a fundamental role in the promotion and protection of human rights within the overall framework of EU activities.

Among the permanent EP Committees prominent in human rights issues the following are highlighted: the Subcommittee on Human Rights (Italian members: Ignazio Corrao and Pier Antonio Panzeri) within the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Italian members: Goffredo Maria Bettini, Mario Borghezio, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Lorenzo Cesa and Pier Antonio Panzeri).

Other Committees with significant involvement in human rights issues are the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Italian members: Caterina Chinnici, Ignazio Corrao, Laura Ferrara, Lorenzo Fontana, Kashetu Kyenge, Barbara Matera and Alessandra Mussolini); the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Vice Chair: Barbara Spinelli; other Italian members: Mercedes Bresso and Fabio Massimo Castaldo); the Committee on Legal Affairs (Italian members: Laura Ferrara and Enrico Gasbarra); the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Italian members: Laura Agea, Tiziana Beghin, Brando Benifei, Mara Bizzotto and Elena Gentile), the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Chair: Giovanni La Via; other Italian members: Marco Affronte, Simona Bonafè, Alberto Cirio, Eleonora Evi, Elisabetta Gardini, Massimo Paolucci, Piernicola Pedicini and Damiano Zoffoli); the Committee on Development (Italian members: Ignazio Corrao and Elly Schlein); the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Vice-Chair: Barbara Matera; other Italian members: Daniela Aiuto and Pina Picierno) and the Committee on Petitions, of...

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