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Malta’s human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review

26 January 2024

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GENEVA (26 January 2024) – The human rights record of Malta will be examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time on Wednesday, 31 January 2024, in a meeting in Geneva that will be webcast live.

Malta is one of 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session from 22 January to 2 February 2024. The first, second and third UPR reviews of Malta took place in February 2009, October 2013, and November 2018, respectively.

The UPR Working Group is comprised of the 47 Member States of the Human Rights Council. However, each of the 193 UN Member States can participate in a country review.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations, and civil society groups.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Malta on 31 January can be found here.

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Time and date: 9:00 – 12:30, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour).

The UPR is a peer review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN Member States have been reviewed thrice. During the fourth UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow up on and highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The delegation of Malta will be led by Ms. Rebecca Buttigieg, Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality, Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms, and Equality.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Malta are Belgium, Benin and the Dominican Republic.

The webcast of the session will be at: https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1b/k1bw444kp7

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Malta will be posted on the UPR Extranet.

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Malta on Friday, 2 February 2024, between 16:30 and 18:00 (GMT+1). The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during its review.

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To learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, visit www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/upr/upr-main

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