Universal Periodic Review – Malta
Proseguire nelle politiche a difesa dei diritti alla vita e alla famiglia;
Intraprendere misure riguardanti il traffico di persone;
- Avviare programmi di formazione per gli appartenenti alle forze armate a stretto contatto con i bambini.
Oltre a cio’, gli Stati presenti hanno spinto Malta
A continuare nel processo di coinvolgimento delle donne nella vita politica e nei centri decisionali;
A continuare negli sforzi promossi per contrastare le violenze contro le donne;
A proibire ogni tipo di punizione corporale verso i bambini e a prevenire ogni forma di abuso degli stessi;
A ratificare il Protocollo Opzionale alla Convenzione sui Diritti dei Bambini sulla vendita dei bambini, la pornografia e la prostituzione infantile.
During the Universal Periodic Review of the 6th of May 2009, Mr. Peter Grech, Deputy Attorney General, presented the National Report of Malta. First of all, the Deputy Attorney said that in Malta the commitment to Human Rights was embedded in the fundamental values of Maltese society: for example, Malta had one of the lowest gender pay gaps worldwide and, with respect to the protection of children, the Commissioner for Children was appointed by virtue of the Commissioner for Children Act enacted in December 2003. According to Mr. Grech, the thorny problem for Malta is linked with the irregular immigrants: the number of irregular immigrants arriving by boat in Malta between 1998 and 2008 tallied to over 12,000, and the endless flow of irregular immigrants has stretched the financial and human resources of the island to its maximum capacity. It was obvious that a small country like Malta cannot continue to shoulder the situation which has now become untenable. Issues and questions raised by the Working Group related, among other things:
To continue the policy in defence of the right to life and in defence of the family;
To combat human trafficking;
To start training programmes for armed forces staff and all relevant groups working with children.
A number of delegations also posed specific recommendations:
- To continue to run campaigns to underline the importance of women’s participation in political life;
- To continue to strengthen the ongoing efforts to combat all sorts of violence against women;
- To prohibit any kind of corporal punishment of children;
- To ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.