ROME, 15 December – An up-to-date 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 Government at the international level: it’s the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2016. To celebrate the Human Rights Day, a Presentation of this new edition, the sixth in the series, was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, organized within the framework of the “EU4 Human Rights” by the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights (CIDU), in partnership with the University of Padua.
The 2016 Yearbook surveys the activities of the relevant national and local Italian actors, including governmental bodies, civil society organizations and universities. It also presents reports and recommendations that have been addressed to Italy in 2015 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.
In detail, the focus of the introductory section is on “Italy and Human Rights in 2015: Universal Ethics, Good Governance and Political Realism”. Starting with the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights law plunged onto the world stage with very specific principles and rules, which represent so many points that are essential not only for the legality but also for the sustainability of the political agenda. The universal code of human rights, widely ratified by Italy, presses for a continuous commitment to perfecting the legal order, which has immediate significance for the good governance agenda. The Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2016 represents an orientation tool with regards the main initiatives to be undertaken on the legislative, infrastructural and policy-making fronts in order to strengthen the Italian system for promoting and protecting human rights.
The event was opened by the Deputy Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Michele Baiano, and chaired by the President of the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights, Fabrizio Petri. After a brief musical interlude by a member of the Orchestra “Musicians for Human Rights”, Antonio Papisca, Professor Emeritus at the University of Padua and Director of the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights, Francesca Tardioli, Deputy Director General for Political Affairs of the Farnesina, Marco Mascia, Director of the University Centre for Human Rights of the University of Padua, y Martina Pignatti Morano, President of “Un ponte per” and Nicola Lapenta, Head of the National Civil Service at the Pope John XXIII Community Association, and Fabrizio Petri, President of CIDU, took the floor.
#EU4HumanRights aims at raising awareness about human rights issues in the world and discussing human rights priorities in EU foreign policy. Throughout the year, public events such as lectures, debates, exhibitions or film screenings have been taking place in EU Member States. (@anaaserafini. Sources: Italy MFA, University of Padua, EEAS).