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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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, exercises a fundamental role in the promotion and protection of human rights within the overall framework of EU activities.

Among the permanent EP Committees prominent in human rights issues the following are highlighted: the Subcommittee on Human Rights (Italian members: Ignazio Corrao and Pier Antonio Panzeri) within the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Italian members: Goffredo Maria Bettini, Mario Borghezio, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Lorenzo Cesa and Pier Antonio Panzeri).

Other Committees with significant involvement in human rights issues are the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Italian members: Caterina Chinnici, Ignazio Corrao, Laura Ferrara, Lorenzo Fontana, Kashetu Kyenge, Barbara Matera and Alessandra Mussolini); the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Vice Chair: Barbara Spinelli; other Italian members: Mercedes Bresso and Fabio Massimo Castaldo); the Committee on Legal Affairs (Italian member: Laura Ferrara), the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Italian members: Laura Agea, Tiziana Beghin, Brando Benifei, Mara Bizzotto and Elena Gentile), the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Chair: Giovanni La Via; other Italian members: Marco Affronte, Simona Bonafè, Alberto Cirio, Eleonora Evi, Elisabetta Gardini, Enrico Gasbarra, Massimo Paolucci and Piernicola Pedicini); the Committee on Development (Italian members: Ignazio Corrao and Elly Schlein); the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Vice-Chair: Barbara Matera; other Italian members: Daniela Aiuto) and the Committee on Petitions, of which more below (all names reported are relevant to the VIII legislature, 2014–2019).

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