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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2014


Edited By Marco Mascia

The Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2014, the fourth in the series, 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 2014 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 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 2013: the challenges of social justice and the right to peace» is the focus of the introductory section of the Yearbook. With a view on the second Universal Periodic Review of Italy before the Human Rights Council, the Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2014, intended to be an orientation tool with regards to immediate and longterm measures that should be taken to ensure human rights for all in the Country, is integrated by an analysis of the status of implementation of the recommendations made to Italy during the first Universal Periodic Review (2010).
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International Human Rights Law


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 2013 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 2013, 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, signature, no initiative) is available online at:, in the section “attachments”.

On 3 April 2013, Italy ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment.

The complete list, updated to December 2013, of the legal instruments of the United Nations and of Italy’s acceptance status (ratification, signature, no initiative) is available online at:, in the section “attachments”.

In 2013, the...

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