The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States.

The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.

In November, Malta’s human rights performance will be under scrutiny by the UPR. During the review, other States will have the opportunity to ask representatives of the Maltese government several questions regarding it’s progress in human rights matters. The review is an open one, meaning any themes, topics and issues may be raised. At the end of the process, a series of recommendations will be made to Malta and these will carried over to Malta’s next review in 4 years time.

The review process invites civil society stakeholders to submit information on human rights issues, so that the queries and recommendations can be based on what is truly happening in the country.

As Malta’s network of human rights NGOs, PHROM has just submitted a document outlining our main concerns and presenting a list of recommendations. We based our submission on the Annual Human Rights Reports of 2015 and 2016, as also other reports shared with us by Member Organisations.

Our submissions talk about rule of law and governance, equality legislation, hate crimes and hate speech, poverty, immigration and judicial independence. You can download our submissions here.

We will be monitoring Malta’s progress during the review, as well as it’s implementation of the review’s recommendations.