The Unione forense per la tutela dei diritti umani (UFTDU) is an association of lawyers founded on 2nd March 1968, aimed at spreading the knowledge of national and international norms on the protection of human rights, and to promote the actual and effective observance of those rights at the judicial, administrative and legislative level.
The active President is lawyer Anton Giulio Lana. The association operates in various Italian regions due to its spread out branches that work to guarantee the respect and effective implementation of human rights. Insofar, the active branches of the association can be found in Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Trentino Alto Adige, Tuscany, Umbria, and Veneto.
In order to achieve its goals, UFTDU has identified, throughout the years, four strategic areas of action:
EDUCATION AND TRAINING| ADVOCACY | PROJECT MANAGEMENT| MEDIATION
Amongst these areas, the association has identified specific rights, which require to be prioritised due to their significance in both an Italian and international context. Them being:
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION| IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM| RIGHT TO HEALTH |CHILDREN’S RIGHTS| FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION| STATELESSNESS
Due to the increasingly significant role of mediation as both a legal instrument and as a means to guarantee human rights, in 2011, UFTDU established two organs, subsidiary to the work of the Association:
- the Centre for Education and Research, registered on 27thJuly 2010, qualifying itself to organize formative courses according to the Ministerial Decree no. 222/2004. The centre yearly organises the Training course for professional mediators;
- the Centre for Negotiation and Mediation (NEG – MED), registered as a body qualified to mediate conflicts, according to art.3 of the Ministerial Decree of the 18th October 2010 no 180. It performs all the functions envisioned by the Legislative Decree no. 28/2010, concerning negotiation and mediation in civil, commercial and social matters, with a particular focus on the resolution of conflicts in which fundamental rights and needs of the person are at stake.