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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2013


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The Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2013, the third in the series, 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 an international level.
The 2013 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 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 examples from international and national case-law which cast light on Italy’s position vis-à-vis internationally recognised human rights.
The introductory section of the Yearbook, entitled «Italy and human rights in 2012: a suffering year for economic, social and cultural rights», reminds States of their duty to equally protect all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – stressing the fact that the right to work is a fundamental human right and not a mere philosophical principle.
With a view on the second UPR of Italy before the Human Rights Council, that will take place in 2014, the Italian Agenda of Human Rights focuses on immediate and long-term measures that should be taken to ensure human rights for all in the Country.
The Yearbook is edited by the University Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua, in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, Democracy and Peace of 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, human rights and multi-level governance.


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Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2013. Towards the 2014 UPR


33 Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2013 Towards the 2014 UPR In the 2012 Yearbook, the research and editorial committee based at the Human Rights Centre1 formulated for the first time a “Human Rights Agenda”. This Agenda, constructed on the basis of analysis of the recommendations made to Italy in the international context and the most critical areas identified within the Yearbook itself, hopes to be a useful practical tool to guide decision-makers in their choice of the main actions to be undertaken on the legislative, infrastructural and political fronts to strengthen the Italian system of promotion and protection of human rights (the 2012 Agenda may still be consulted online at Only four items of that agenda were actually met. In 2012, Italy submitted its V Report, the deadline for which was June 2009, to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and its I Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, due by June 2011. The ratification process of the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture (OPCAT) was started in November 2012 (adoption of the ratification law and implementation) and completed, with the deposit of the ratifica- tion instrument, in early 2013. Moreover, as mentioned above, the Italian Government adopted the National Strategy for the Inclusion of Roma, Sinti and Travellers. In consideration of the above, these four items are no longer included in the 2013 Agenda. On the other hand, among the remaining items, a...

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