Other Initiatives

Networking Working Session for Policy Development and Programme Implementation Officers

On Friday 29th July 2022 the Human Rights Initiatives Unit organised a networking event for Government officials representing all Ministries, namely, the Policy Development and Programme Implementation (PDPI) Officers, with the aim to strengthen national cooperation to combat human trafficking. The sessions included interventions from Parliamentary Secretary Reforms and Equality Hon. Rebecca Buttigieg, Permanent Secretary MHSR Mr. Emanuel Psaila, Director Human Rights Directorate Mr. Michael Camilleri and Senior Manager Human Rights Initiatives Unit Dr. Lynn Chircop Faure.

In addition, given the multi-agency and intersectional elements of tackling human trafficking, speakers were invited from the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade represented by Mr John Busuttil, the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) represented by Mr. Martin Camilleri, the National Statistics Office (NSO) represented by Mr. Matthew Zerafa, and the Malta Police Force represented by Assistant Commissioner Dr. Dennis Theuma.

This activity not only provided information on Malta’s obligations to tackle this crime, but also discussed ways and means to enhance current cooperative mechanisms, such as the setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Committee made up of representatives from each respective Ministry to ensure the development of comprehensive policies and the involvement of all sectors.

The Initiatives Unit reported on the implementation of national actions and measures to prevent human trafficking in Malta, protect the potential and identified victims of trafficking and prosecute the suspected persons involved in such criminal activities. The CALL FOR ACTION​ document also contains the Recommendations to Malta published by the International Organisations on the subject matter.

Research coordinated by the Human Rights Initiatives Unit

Research on Legislation, Policies, Strategies and Guidelines concerning Trafficking in Human Beings - July 2021

Research on the relevant legal provisions and the lacunas in the domestic legal framework - July 2022​

Application for funding under the EU Technical Support Instrument

The Directorate has been awarded assistance through the Technical Support Instrument of the European Union – a project funded by the European Commission’s DG Reform in collaboration with the Council of Europe. Through this project an expert shall be assigned to Malta to support in the drafting of the National Strategy and Action Plan (post 2023). The project activities shall include a thorough study of past and ongoing consultative processes, in-depth needs-analysis whilst taking into account obligations and current recommendations, further consultation with stakeholders and civil society, and a detailed implementation plan feeding into the actual Strategy.

HRIU invited OSCE for a visit in January 2022

The Director HRD and the members of the HRIU within HRD, had the opportunity to meet the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings Dr Valiant Richey. Together they exchanged best practices and discussed the anti-human trafficking reform in Malta.

The OSCE Special Representative also met with the Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation Hon. Dr. Owen Bonnici and other national stakeholders working in the field to discuss their activities and contribution towards this issue.


HRIU Managers delivered a presentation during Roundtable organised by FSWS

12 April – HRIU provided a PPT presentation​ on the role of NREMs to inform round table about the reporting functions HRIU has been carrying out on an administrative level, the cooperation required by Public-Private-Civil Society in general to gather the required data and the ongoing initiative which includes a consultative process with stakeholders and the need for their participation during networking event being planned for July 2022.

The organisations represented on the round table were invited to participate in our information sessions and to set a one-to one meeting with civil society organisations as we did with most of the gov entities.

12th June – UN Child Labour Day

Child Labour is "work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development".

Child Labour day is an international day, launched in 2002 by The International Labour Organisation, that is held annually on the 12th of June to raise awareness about the mental and physical problems children forced into child labour endure, in order to try and eradicate it.

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2nd December – UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Slavery is when someone is forcefully deprived from their rights. Slavery comes in many forms like; human trafficking, forced labour, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, and child labour.

The International Abolition of Slavery was organised by the United Nations General Assembly in 1986. The aim of this event is to help eliminate slavery.

On the occasion of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2nd December, Dr Lynn Chircop Faure (Senior Manager HRD) reaffirmed our commitment to the process underway to reform Malta’s national human trafficking policies with the aim of eradicating contemporary forms of slavery.

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