has been a relatively strong supporter of the Council's mandate to address
Italy voted in favor of all country-specific resolutions at the Council in 2014 under agenda Items 2, 4 and 10 on Syria, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Iran, Ukraine and Belarus, and it supported the Swiss-led joint statement expressing concern for the situation in Bahrain and calling for genuine cooperation with OHCHR in June 2014. Regrettably, Italy was the only elected member of the Western Group that did not support the March 2014 joint statement on Egypt delivered by Iceland, despite the unprecedented government crackdown in the country.
Along with the rest of the EU, Italy voted in favor of four of the six resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT). Regrettably, it abstained on two others, including the resolution voted on during the Council’s July 2014 special session on Israeli military operations in Gaza.
Italy co-sponsored a number of important country resolutions and actively participated in the Council’s oral debates on country situations. It also supported the calls to convene the special sessions on the Central African Republic and on Iraq.
Italy should consolidate its engagement at the Council by reconsidering its position on the situation in Egypt, and by adopting a greater leadership role to ensure the Council addresses new emerging or chronic situations of abuses.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
Italy voted in favor of all resolutions on country situations brought to a vote under agenda items 2 and 4. However, Italy voted against amendments that would have led to the adoption of a stronger Libya resolution in March 2012. Italy joined the call for the Security Council to refer the Syrian situation to the ICC in March 2013 and signed on to the joint statements on the human rights situation in Bahrain and the statement on Eritrea.
In 2012 and 2013 Italy co-sponsored 43 resolutions on country situations, under agenda items 1, 2, 4, and 10. Italy's engagement in the country-specific debates in the Council, however, was less visible, and was essentially limited to addressing the situations in Syria and Somalia. Italy could consolidate its solid commitment for the Council's work on country situations by broadening its participation in these debates.
In 2012, Italy voted in favor of the resolution on
the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and on the human
rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East
Jerusalem. Italy abstained on all the
other resolutions focusing on Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. In
2013, Italy voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights
situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, with the exception
of the resolution on the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan on
which it abstained.