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On June 25th and 26th, The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, with the generous support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized the 4th Meeting of Italian, European and Iranian Experts on “Human Rights in the Criminal Justice System” in Teheran. Mr. Filippo Musca, Deputy Director of the Institute, attended the event, along with the nine members of the Italian delegation.

This initiative coincides with several important anniversaries for human rights: the 70th of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the 50th of the Proclamation of Teheran (1968) and the 25th of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (1993).

The meeting involved four working sessions on the following topics of discussion: the right to a fair trial in the Italian and Iranian criminal systems; a comparative analysis of the protection of human rights in both countries; the role of European national judicial systems in the administration of criminal justice; the role of European institutions in the universal protection of human rights and in the strengthening of dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

All working sessions were coordinated by the Heads of the Italian and Iranian delegations, namely Professor Fausto Pocar, former Judge at the ICTY and ICTR and President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, and Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, Secretary of the Iranian High Council of Human Rights. Both sides had frank and constructive discussions on a range of judicial and human rights issues.

The meeting also included a visit to the Correction Centre for Minors in Teheran.

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