Napolitano says dealing with jails an 'absolute necessity'
Italy responsible for violations before human rights court08 October, 17:25
In a message to leaders of both Italy's Senate and its Lower House, Napolitano said that the Italian government shares responsibility for human rights violations in its prisons that have been denounced by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. "The pressing need to change the condition of prisons is a legal, political and moral imperative," said the president, who has long denounced conditions in Italian prisons.
Earlier this year, the Strasbourg court rejected Italy's appeal against a condemnation of Rome for the state of Italian jails.
Italy had formally challenged the Strasbourg-based court after it ordered Rome to correct the "degrading and inhumane conditions" in its prisons and to pay 100,000 euros in damages to seven inmates.
The country's prison conditions have long been the source of criticism from human rights groups.