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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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, exercises a fundamental role in the promotion and implementation of the Union’s human rights policies.

Among the permanent EP Committees closely concerned with human rights issues, figures the Sub-Committee on Human Rights (Italian member: Pino Arlacchi) within the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Vice Chairman: Fiorello Provera, other Italian members: Pino Arlacchi, Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, Pier Antonio Panzeri).

Other Committees closely related to human rights issues are the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Legal Affairs (Vice Chairman, Salvatore Iacolino; other Italian members: Sonia Alfano, Roberta Angelilli, Rita Borsellino, Mario Borghezio, Salvatore Caronna, Clemente Mastella); the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Chair: Carlo Casini; other Italian members: Alfredo Antoniozzi, Roberto Gualtieri); the Committee for Legal Affairs (Vice chairman: Raffaele Baldassarre; other Italian members: Luigi Berlinguer, Giuseppe Gargani, Francesco Enrico Speroni), the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Italian members: Mara Bizzotto, Andrea Cozzolino, Licia Ronzulli, Andrea Zanoni), the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Italian members: Paolo Bartolozzi, Sergio Berlato, Franco Bonanini, Elisabetta Gardini, Mario Pirillo, Oreste Rossi, Salvatore Tatarella); the Committee on Development (Vice Chair: Iva Zanicchi); the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Vice Chair: Barbara Matera) and the Committee on Petitions, which is presented below.

In 2013, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education.

Among the Parliament’s opinions and resolutions which in 2013 directly concerned Italy are: the resolution of 23 October 2013 on Migratory...

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