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Human Rights


Human Rights

Italy, by culture and tradition, is strongly committed to protecting and promoting human rights in the world, in the belief that they are essential to guarantee justice, peace and international security. Our approach, based on dialogue and openness, is inspired by the principle of the universality of human rights. Italy's action is articulated in some priorities, including the abolition of the death penalty and the establishment of a moratorium on capital punishment, the defense of freedom  of religion and the protection of religious minorities, the respect for the rights of the child, the protection of women's rights and the fight against inhuman and degrading treatment such as female genital mutilation, the commitment to combat intolerance and racial discrimination and xenophobia, the promotion of democracy and of the rule of law.

From January, 1st  2019 Italy is a member of the Human Rights Council for the three-year term 2019-2021. This is the third mandate for our country after those of 2007-2010 and 2011-2014. ("Voluntary Pledges and Commitments" - presented by Italy for its membership in the Human Rights Council).

Italy supports the role and activity of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, contributing financially to its programs, and collaborates with Independent Experts and UN Special Rapporteurs on thematic and country-related issues about human rights in the world .