International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Italy (CCPR 01-05-2017)

The Committee considered the sixth periodic report of Italy (CCPR/C/ITA/6 and Corr.1) at its 3345th and 3346th meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3345 and 3346), held on 9 and 10 March 2017. At its 3364th meeting, held on 23 March 2017, it adopted the present concluding observations.

Concluding observations

C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

  1. While welcoming the adoption of Law No. 76 of 20 May 2016, the Committee remains concerned that the law does not provide same-sex couples the right to adopt children and does not afford full legal protection to children living in same-sex families. It is also concerned about the continued denial of access to in vitro fertilization under Law No. 400/2004 and about the prevalence of discrimination and hate speech against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (arts. 2, 23-24 and 26).
  2. The State party should review relevant legislation and consider allowing same-sex couples to adopt children, including the biological children of one of the partners in the couple, and ensuring the same legal protection for children living in same-sex families as for those living in heterosexual families. The State party should provide for equal access to in vitro fertilization. It should also intensify its efforts to combat discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.
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