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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2017

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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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Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

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Through a multi-dimensional approach to security, the OSCE (57 Participating States) operates in the fields of conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. Among its specific bodies and mechanisms worth noting are the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Representative on Freedom of the Media and the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. Lamberto Zannier from the Italian diplomatic service has been the Secretary General of the OSCE since 1 July 2011.

Head of the Italian mission to the OSCE is H.E. Amb. Alessandro Azzoni. 13 members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Senate sit in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The head of the Italian parliamentary delegation is Paolo Romani and the other 12 members are: Marietta Tidei (rapporteur of the Second Committee), Ferdinando Aiello, Luigi Compagna, Cristina De Pietro, Sergio Divina, Emma Fattorini, Federico Fauttilli, Claudio Fava, Francesco Monaco, Guglielmo Picchi (Vice Chair of the First Committee), Emanuele Scagliusi and Francesco Scalia. The Italian official Roberto Montella took up his post as the new Secretary-General of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly as of January 1st 2016.

Italy is one of the main contributors to the OSCE. In 2015 (the most recent data available), Italy’s contribution to the budget was just under 15 million euro (about 10.4% of the overall budget), on a par with France and the United Kingdom, and only below that of Germany (11%). Italy also contributed towards...

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