Malta strengthens its first place for LGBTIQ rights in Europe
LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Malta maintained its first place in the ILGA-Europe index for the sixth consecutive year. The index analyzes the human rights situation of LGBTIQ people in 49 countries across Europe.
The report shows that Malta not only remained at the top of this ranking with a total of 94 points but was among the countries that continued to strengthen their place in this index. Malta has gained five more points followng last year’s new guidelines for LGBTI people seeking asylum and for the recognition of non-binary people and for legal procedures for gender recognition for minors.
The report was published by ILGA-Europe on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). Malta has achieved a maximum score of one hundred percent in five of the six categories that include the situation in the family, the crime of hatred and the laws against hate speech, legal knowledge of gender and integrity and space in civil society and asylum. Malta has achieved 75% in the areas of equality and non-discrimination.
In the last 8 years, Malta has made giant strides in the field of civil liberties with the introduction of a substantial number of laws, including civil union and adoption by gay people and equal marriage, law on gender identity, gender expression and gender characteristics and the law on cohabitation.
The report shows that Malta was followed by Belgium with 74.24% and Luxembourg with almost 72%.
Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela said that over the past year, Malta has continued to strengthen its score over the past years and is committed to further improving this score in the coming years.