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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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International Human Rights Law

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The first Part of the Yearbook is divided into two chapters. The first is devoted to the review of the major international human rights instruments that Italy has ratified, as well as to the identification of both those international instruments signed but not ratified by the Country and those adopted in 2014 that have not been subjected to any initiative of acceptance yet.

The framework of Italy’s international obligations takes into consideration the universal conventions adopted within the system of the United Nations, the conventions of the Council of Europe as well as the European Union treaties and secondary law. Accordingly, the information provided are preliminary to the presentation of the national normative apparatus – the Constitution, national and regional laws – which is the subject of the following chapter.

The complete list, updated to December 2014, of the 111 international legal instruments on human rights considered into this publication (43 of the United Nations, 16 on disarmament and non-proliferation and 52 of the Council of Europe) and of Italy’s acceptance status (ratification, ← 43 | 44 →signature, no initiative) is available online at: www.italianhumanrightsyearbook.eu, in the section “attachments”.

In 2014, Parliament ratified the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (l. 3 October 2014 No. 52); however, as of 31 December 2014 the act of ratification was yet to be deposited.

The complete list, updated to December 2014, of the legal instruments of the United Nations, and of Italy’s acceptance...

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