Italy pushes for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.

The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights.

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Secretary-General travels to Italy for three-day official visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Rome later today for a three-day visit to the Italian capital to coincide with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification.

Italy: UN rights expert calls for scrapping of draft wiretapping law

An Italian draft law on surveillance and eavesdropping for criminal investigations could jeopardize the work of journalists and threaten their freedom of expression, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today, calling for the abolition or revision of the bill.

UN investigating case of asylum-seekers sent back to Libya by Italy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking into the cases of dozens of asylum-seekers who were returned to Libya by Italian authorities after they were intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea.

Secretary-General meets with Italian leaders at start of official visit

The troubled situations in the Middle East, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Kosovo topped the agenda during talks between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Italy’s President and Foreign Minister in Rome today, the start of an official trip that will take in stops in Switzerland, Qatar and Syria as well.

UN expert welcomes Italian veto of bill seen as infringing judicial independence

A United Nations legal expert has welcomed Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi's veto of a judicial reform bill, seen as "a worrying limitation" of the independence of the judiciary.

UN refugee agency criticizes Italy’s expulsion of African asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today wrote to the Italian authorities criticizing the expulsion of a group of African asylum seekers at the centre of an international furore and voicing strong concern over the apparent disregard for accepted international and European standards and for the fundamental elements of due process.

UN refugee agency praises Italy for allowing three dozen refugees to disembark

Welcoming Italy's decision to allow 37 refugees on the Cap Anamur ship to disembark in the European country after spending several weeks stuck at sea, the United Nations refugee agency said today it would try to speak to the group to find out if they wanted to make asylum claims.

UN human rights expert says Italian Prime Minister should not act above law

Criticizing recent moves in Italy relating to court cases against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a United Nations human rights expert today stressed that the head of Government must be equal to all citizens before the law.

Italy: UN rights expert voices concern over changes to criminal procedure code

The United Nations human rights expert on the independence of judges and lawyers has written to the Italian Government voicing concern over proposed changes to the country's judicial system which could provide an excuse for prominent politicians in Milan facing criminal charges to delay proceedings against them.