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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2012

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Edited By Centro interdipartimentale di ricera

The Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2012 confirms and consolidates the structure and aims already set forth in the 2011 edition. Year by year, this series examines the steps that Italy has made 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 2012 issue surveys the activities of the relevant national and local Italian actors, including governmental bodies, civil society organisations and university. It also presents reports and recommendations that have been addressed to Italy by international monitoring bodies within the framework of the United Nations, the Council of Europe or 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 international obligations.
The Italian Agenda of Human Rights that is set out in the volume focuses on immediate and long-term measures that should be taken to ensure human rights for all.
The Yearbook is edited by the Interdepartmental Centre for Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples at the University of Padua, in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, Democracy and Peace at the same University. The Centre, established in 1982 with the support of the Region of Veneto, carries out research and education following a global and interdisciplinary approach. It hosts the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on intercultural dialogue and human rights.

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In its second edition, the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights aims to confirm its function as a tool which, in the mark of factual truths and with the strength of universal values, conveys a message of lawfulness, civic cohesion, solidarity and democratic inclusiveness. Politicians and civil servants at all levels can draw inspiration from the overall picture of the current human rights situation in order to fill legislative gaps and to correct shortcomings of infrastructure and policies, in the spirit of de lege semper perficienda – laws must perennially be perfected – and of good governance. All those who care about the increase in knowledge and culture of human rights in the world of academia, in schools and in all other walks of society can fruitfully use the Yearbook as a substantial instrument for their advocacy. This is a special reference to the “human rights defenders” as they are acknowledged by the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (9 December 1998) and who, as such, are legally entitled to take action both at the national and the international level. The structure for the 2012 Yearbook was traced out in the 2011 edi- tion, which was the first in the Human Rights Studies series. This has naturally simplified the preparatory work for the current edition and also allowed the research and editorial committee to enhance its practical use and sustainability. The Yearbook has...

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