Non-judiciary Procedures

Advocacy is an activity which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy also aims at attracting the public’s attention on a specific issue in order to pressure policy makers into devising possible solutions.

The UFTDU’s advocacy activities are carried out at different levels:

  • Political level: by contributing to the drafting of bills or the debate on current events concerning human rights
  • Judicial level: by participating as amicus curiae to proceedings in front of national tribunals and the European Court of Human Rights (for example concerning the issue of refoulement in Libya, specifically the Hirsi case, and the case of the stateless Slovenians, specifically the Kuric case against the Slovenian state)
  • Extrajudicial level: by committing its work at denouncing and monitoring the Italian State’s respect of the obligations undertaken through the ratification of the treaties related to human rights. In particular in 2008 the UFTDU edited the Alternative Report submitted to the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD); in 2011 it presented two alternative reports, sent to and received by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) respectively, regarding the legislative-political situation of the rights of women and minors.

Thematic discussion on hate speech |  Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

The UFTDU, in collaboration with the Open Society Foundation, began the “Enhancing Italy’s civil society participation to international bodies’ decision making” project, and promoted the drafting of a document that highlighted a rise in incitement to racial hatred within political debates and the media, and an increase in discrimination on social media and the internet. The paper was then presented to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) as an Alternative Report on the subject of “Racist hate speech”.

Download the document

Shadow Report CERD | Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

During the 80th Session of the CERD, held in Geneva from the 13th of February to the 9th of March 2012, the UFTDU drafted a shadow report on the issues Italy has to face related to discrimination on social media, media and political debates.

Download the shadow report CERD 2012

Shadow Report CEDAW | Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Throughout 2011 the UFTDU drafted a shadow report that was then presented during the 49th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), hosted in New York from the 11th to the 21st of July. Through the “Observations on the sixth periodic report of Italy to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women”, the UFTDU presented additional information to the report submitted by Italy on 16th December 2009, and suggested some recommendations that the Committee could give to the Italian Government. The association’s shadow report followed the guidelines given by the Committee, and treated issues such as violence against women, stalking, trafficking, exploitation of prostitution, the principle of equality, Roma women, migrants and asylum seekers. The report is available here: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/cedaws49.htm

Download the shadow report CEDAW

Shadow Report CRC | Committee on Rights of the Child

The UFTDU, together with the Centro Studi sulla Giustizia Minorile dell’Università di Macerata drafted and presented a shadow report to the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Rights of the Child (CRC), that was hosted in Geneva from the 20th to the 24th of June 2011. The primary objective of the “Preliminary Observations on Italy’s third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child” was that of urging the CRC to add to its list of issues the deficiencies present in the Italian juvenile justice system and the lack of specific measures regarding the detention of underage migrants. The Committee adopted the recommendation and the latter was added at the 18th paragraph of the list of issues.

Subsequently the UFTDU and the Centro Studi sulla Giustizia Minorile drafted the shadow report “Observations on Italy’s third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which was presented at the 58th Session of the CRC.

Download the shadow report CRC

Alternative Report UPR  |Universal Periodic Review

During the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council planned in October-November 2014 the UFTDU presented a shadow report treating migration and right of asylum, suggesting a focus on the refoulement at sea of the migrants coming from Libya.

Download the national report

Shadow Report CERD Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

During the 91st Session of the CERD, the UFTDU presented an alternative report on forms of hate speech directed towards migrants and asylum seekers.

Download the Alternative Report CERD 2016