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Adoption Rights Still Lacking

(Berlin) – The  Italian Chamber of Deputies’ approval of the civil unions bill on May 11, 2016 is an important step toward equality. The vote came after months of heated debate, and the law was only passed after a provision for adoption was removed from…
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Lawmakers Violating Rights, European Court Says

(Berlin) – A European Court of Human Rights ruling on July 21, 2015, should motivate Italian lawmakers to introduce laws promptly to protect same-sex relationships, Human Rights Watch said today. The court ruled that Italy’s failure to legally recognize…
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Protest With a Kiss Not a Crime

(Milan) – Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The public prosecutor’s office…
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Italy has taken a step towards accountability for abuses committed during the US “war on terror.” After years of investigations, trials, and appeals, Italy’s Court of Cassation, the highest criminal court, upheld yesterday the convictions of three CIA…
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Extend Hate Crimes Law to Cover Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

(Milan) – The Italian chamber of deputies should adopt the strongest possible measures against discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. A bill to reform existing anti-discrimination…
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Panama Releases Ex-CIA Figure Wanted for Rendition

(Milan) – Italy should continue its efforts to obtain justice for abuses by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), despite Panama’s decision to free a former CIA Milan station chief wanted by Italy. Media reports indicated that Panamanian…
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Back in 2009 when Italy convicted a number of CIA officials in absentia for abducting a cleric and sending him off to Egypt where he was severely tortured, no one thought that the CIA officials would ever face the music. That may change with the arrest in…
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Italian High Court Upholds Convictions as Washington Closes the Book on Abuse Cases

(Milan) – The ruling by Italy’s highest court to uphold convictions against 23 United States agents stands in stark contrast to the US failure to prosecute any official involved in the Central Intelligence Agency’s unlawful rendition program. On September…
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Alarming Decline in Europe’s Record

(Brussels) – The European Union and member governments proved unwilling to tackle human rights abuse at home during 2011, even as they proclaimed the issue’s importance in inspiring the Arab Spring, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012…
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Joining UN Human Rights Council Comes With Obligation to Address Abuses at Home

(New York, June 16, 2011) - Italy should take concrete steps to improve its human rights record and carry out the pledges it made as a new member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Foreign Minister Franco…
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Historic Verdict Sentences US Agents in Absentia

(Milan) - An Italian court's conviction of 23 agents of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for kidnapping is an historic repudiation of the CIA's crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The Milan court also found that two Italian officials illegally…
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Italian Prosecution Highlights Inaction of US Justice Department

(Milan) - The verdict expected Wednesday in a landmark case may present a historic legal challenge to the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) rendition program, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial in Milan of 26 Americans in absentia and seven…
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Summary This submission highlights a number of key areas of concern regarding Italy's compliance with its international human rights obligations. They concern counter-terrorism policies that violate the absolute prohibition on returns to risk of torture…
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Rome Should Seek Extradition of 26 Americans in Cleric’s Abduction

The alleged kidnappers of an Egyptian cleric in 2003 will go on trial in Milan on April 16 in what is the first ever legal challenge to the CIA’s controversial rendition program, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the newly-elected…
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Tunisia’s Promises of Humane Treatment Cannot Be Trusted

The Italian government should halt its efforts to deport a national security suspect back to Tunisia, where he faces the risk of torture and abuse despite the Tunisian government’s unreliable promises of humane treatment, Human Rights Watch said today in…