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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2015


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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Council of Europe

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(CoE, 47 Member States) is the first and most advanced system of promotion and protection of human rights at the regional level.

The Permanent Representative of Italy to the Council of Europe is H.E. Manuel Jacoangeli. The Italian experts holding institutional posts with the organisation include Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni who is Deputy Secretary General of the CoE and Claudia Luciani heads the Democratic Governance Directorate.

In 2014, Italy contributed an overall total of 36,094,389 euro to the activities of the Council of Europe for, of which 27,369,609 euro for the ordinary budget (in 2013 the total contribution was 36,457,297 euro, of which 27,346,590 for the ordinary budget). In 2014, voluntary contributions paid by Italy amounted to 583,980 euro (501,947.79 in 2013).

The following pages will illustrate, with reference to Italy, the activities of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers; those of five bodies established by a treaty: the European Court of Human Rights, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the European Committee of Social Rights, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings; and of four bodies established by the Committee of Ministers: Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, the European Commission for Democracy through Law and the Group of States against Corruption.

In the Parliamentary Assembly of...

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