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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2017


Edited By Centro di Ateneo per i Diritti Umani

The Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2017 offers an 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 on the subject of fundamental rights. The 2017 Yearbook surveys the most significant activities of national and local Italian actors at domestic and international level, including civil society organisations and universities. It also dedicates space to recommendations made by international monitoring bodies within the framework of the United Nations, OSCE, 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 2016: the "Long March" towards Establishing Independent National Human Rights Institutions and the Ambiguous Addition of the Crime of Torture to the Italian Criminal Code" is the title of the 2017 Yearbook introduction.

The Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2017 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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Council of Europe


Established on 5 May 1949, the Council of Europe (CoE, 47 Member States) is the first and most advanced system of promotion and protection of human rights at the regional level. The Permanent Representative of Italy to the Council of Europe was, until September 2016, H.E. Amb. Manuel Jacoangeli, who was succeeded by H.E. Amb. Marco Marsilli. The Italian Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni is currently serving her second term as Deputy Secretary-General of the organisation. Italy is home to one of the external offices of the CoE, with the CoE Programme Office in Venice, whose activities focus on themes relative to culture, cultural heritage and hosting training courses on human rights and democracy.

In 2016, Italy contributed an overall total of 34,721,576 euro to the activities of the Council of Europe, of which 27,332,430 euro for the ordinary budget (in 2015 the overall total was 35,900,364 euro, 27,369,609 of which for the ordinary budget). In 2016, Italy made voluntary contributions for 587,980 euro (583,980 euro in 2015).

The following pages will illustrate, with reference to Italy, the activities of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers; those of six bodies established by a treaty: the European Court of Human Rights, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the European Committee of Social Rights, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in...

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