According to a report by the Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta (PHROM), Maltese people have a low awareness of human rights. The report was presented to the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The PHROM report claimed that dogmatic education was leading to a situation where students were not encouraged to develop critical/independent thinking capabilities.
In addition, the report also highlighted that the identification of trafficked children was also a cause of major concern. It recommended that an effective procedure should be put into place for the identification of such children.
“There is a need to increase efforts to provide assistance and support, such as safe and appropriate housing, legal assistance and residence documents, to all victims of trafficking, including children,” Times of Malta quoted from the report.
Other concerns were also raised, like inadequate system for the care of unaccompanied minors and the possibility of migrant children getting trafficked.
It was also mentioned that the social workers responsible for taking care of the children were also appointed legal guardian for them making it difficult to maintain the quality of services offered to them.
The unregulated rental market also found mention in the report as it claimed that ever-increasing house rent rates were adding to the distress of vulnerable groups. Adding to this, it appealed for affordable housing policy in the country.