Malta reviewed under UPR
Thursday, 07 May 2009 08:24


On the afternoon of 6 May 2009, the UPR Working Group reviewed the human rights situation in Malta. The delegation was led by Dr Peter Grech, Deputy Attorney General. The interactive dialogue was productive, with Malta carefully answering all questions. The following issues and concerns were raised:


  • Many States voiced concern about prolonged detention of asylum seekers and irregular immigrants, particularly pregnant women and children. As noted in the national report, the State claimed that the influx of migrants stretches its financial resources, and that its job market is already limited. It stated that it respects international standards and that it collaborates with NGOs to improve conditions. Brazil recommended that Malta suppress the term ‘prohibit immigrants’ and to cease administrative detention of undocumented asylum seekers. The Netherlands recommended that Malta strengthen efforts to make the legal system accessible and to guarantee necessary safeguards in detention. Many States recommended Malta accede to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
  • Several States were concerned about detention conditions, including overcrowding in prisons, poor conditions for inmates, violence and access to legal services. Malta declared that the Corradino facility had been transformed into a therapy centre, to which China advised them to do the same to other centres. Morocco and the United States recommended that the State make sure that conditions are improved.
  • Several States touched on the situation of discrimination faced by LGBT persons in the fields of housing, education and employment, noting that Malta denies same-sex couples the possibility to legalize or register their relationship. The State strongly objected to any changes in its legislation on this matter. France, the Netherlands and Belgium recommended that Malta take further measures to advance equality on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Slovenia called for the full legalization of abortion, while the Holy See commended the State for its current position. The non-prohibition of corporal punishments in families was also criticized by Italy and Germany. In its answers the State clarified that the relevant law refers to lawful ‘corrections’.
  • Many States commended Malta for its comprehensive institution framework to protect human rights and for its achievements in health care and the rights of women. They also called on the assistance of the international community for the due submission of reports and the handling of the influx of immigrants.


Malta took all of the 47 recommendations made to it under consideration until the September session of the Council.



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