ICJ submission to the Human Rights Committee on Malta

The ICJ has provided a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee (the Committee) for its consideration during the adoption of a list of issues for the examination of the Second and Third Periodic Reports of Malta under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

During its 110th session, from 10 to 28 March 2014, the Committee will prepare and adopt a List of Issues on Malta. These issues will be put to the Government of Malta for formal response ahead of the Committee’s full examination of Malta’s Second and Third Periodic Reports during the Committee’s 112th session, from 13 to 31 October 2014.

The ICJ’s submission raises matters and suggests concrete questions to be put to the Government of Malta concerning the following issues:

  • the continuing necessity of Malta’s reservations to the Covenant;
  • the compliance of Malta’s immigration laws, policies and practice with the State’s obligations under articles 6, 7, 9, 10 and 13;
  • laws criminalizing abortion in the light of the State party’s obligations under articles articles 2, 3, 6, 7 and 26; and
  • the enjoyment of Covenant rights in connection with sexual orientation and gender identity.

Malta-CCPR-ListOfIssues-LegalSubmission-2013 (download the submission)

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