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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2015

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Edited By Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights

The Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2015 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 2015 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 2014 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 2014: the Challenge of National/International Constitutional Synergism» is the focus of the introductory section of the Yearbook. The complex network of monitoring actions carried out by the supranational bodies, and the relative reporting requirements Italy must meet, can only be viewed in the context of reciprocal exchange and strengthening between the provisions enshrined in the national Constitution and international human rights law.
The Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2015 represents an updated orientation tool intended to support the commitment taken by the Italian Government in the framework of the second Universal Periodic Review (October 2014) before the UN Human Rights Council.
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Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2015

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For the fourth consecutive year, the research and editorial committee of the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights, based at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua, has compiled an “Italian Agenda of Human Rights”, drawing on the analysis of the recommendations made to Italy at the international level and the most critical issues identified in the successive editions of the Yearbook itself. The Agenda can be seen as an updated instrument for choosing 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 (the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Agendas are available online at www.italianhumanrightsyearbook.eu).

There are only 3 items (and sub-items) on the 2014 Agenda on which the research and editorial committee found Italy had made significant progress during the year under scrutiny.

The first item concerns the normative level. On 3 October Italy adopted the law of ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (and the ratification instrument was deposited on 20 February 2015).

The second item was on the need to allocate UNAR sufficient resources to fulfil its functions. According to the conclusions adopted by ECRI in December 2014 on the implementation of the recommendations subject to follow-up monitoring, UNAR currently has sufficient human resources (25 members of staff) and financial resources (2 million from the regular budget and European funds) to manage its...

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