The Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta (PHROM) organised the first capacity building workshop in the framework of the project “Malta Human Rights Indicators”, on 25 June 2018, part-financed by the Malta Community Chest Fund. PHROM invited its member organisations to offer an insight in the use, benefits and limitations of human rights indicators, with the objective to improve the data available for research and analysis and to strengthen Maltese human rights organisations advocacy efforts.

The workshop welcomed as guest lecturer Dr. Jonas Grimheden, Senior Policy Manager at the Freedoms and Justice Department of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Grimheden focused his presentation on the concept behind human rights indicators, their advantages and shortcomings and gave examples about their use in the international and European context. The second part of the workshop saw a lively discussion among participants about the adaptation of human rights indicators to the Maltese context.

The PHROM Secretariat and Dr. Grimheden were then welcomed at a separate meeting by Ms. Katya Unah, Assistant Director of the Human Rights and Equality Directorate at the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality. The meeting took place to inform the Directorate about the aims and process of the Malta Human Rights Indicators project and to find synergies for common work throughout the project period and possibly even beyond.

Based on the inspiring discussions throughout the day, the PHROM Secretariat will proceed with the identification of the first set of human rights indicators to pilot the method during the drafting process of the  for 2017.