This article is from the Italy FAQ, by Gianluigi Sartori email@example.com, Paolo Fiorini firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
(Which international treaties on human rights were ratified by Italy?)
The Italian Constitution in its art. 10 acknowledges that the Italian laws
have to follow the principles of the International laws. This is particularly
important in the field of the protection of Human Rights, where there are
various international treaties enforcing the basic rights contained in the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly
Italy has ratified the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights
of 1966 and has signed, but not yet ratified, the second optional protocol
on the abolition of death penalty of 1989.
Italy has also ratified the treaty against torture of 1984, accepting the
possibility that a specific committee investigates single cases of violation
of the treaty.
Italy has ratified the 1951 Geneva Convention on the status of refugee
As a member State of the Council of Europe, Italy has ratified the European
treaty on Human Rights of 1950, allowing that the European committee of Human
Rights considers individual violations and recognizing the authority of the
European Court od Human Rights as for the interpretation of the various
Italy has also ratified the sixth optional protocol of this treaty, which
abolishes the death penalty in time of peace.
Finally Italy is part of the European treaty against torture of 1987.