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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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Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

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Through a multi-dimensional approach to security, the OSCE (57 participating States) operates in the fields of conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. Among its specific bodies and mechanisms worth noting are the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Representative on Freedom of the Media and the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. Lamberto Zannier from the Italian diplomatic service has been the Secretary General of the OSCE since 1 July 2011.

Head of the Italian mission to the OSCE is H.E. Filippo Formica. 13 members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Senate sit in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The head of the Italian parliamentary delegation in 2014 was Paolo Romani.

Italy is one of the main contributors to the OSCE. In 2014, the Italian contribution to the budget was approximately 14 million euro (about 9% of the budget), the same as those of France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The ODIHR is the OSCE’s main body charged with assisting Member States in the implementation of their human dimension commitments. On 1 July 2014, Michael Georg Link (Germany) was appointed Director of the Office, replacing Janez Lenarčič (Slovenia), who had held the post since 2008.

In 2014, ODIHR activities in Italy concerned mainly training and awareness-raising initiatives to combat hate crimes. Of particular interest was the first edition of the TAHCLE workshop, held in Rome on 11...

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