Italy: Backtracking on guaranteeing freedom from torture

Italy’s guarantees on freedom from torture have been weak at best, and recent proposals to amend domestic laws suggest a concerning determination to erode international law undertakings against torture in the country. Despite the adoption of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention) in 1984, it was only five years later, in 1989, that Italy ratified the Convention.

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