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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                                    

Republic of Malta

Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited fresh water supplies, and has few domestic energy sources. Malta's geographic position between the EU and Africa makes it a recipient of illegal immigration, which has strained Malta's political and economic resources. The financial services industry has grown in recent years, but is not fully modernized. Malta's economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing - especially electronics and pharmaceuticals - and tourism all of which have been negatively affected by the global economic downturn.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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23rd General Report of the CPT - European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - 1 August 2012 - 31 July 2013

Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 6 November 2013

[accessed 7 Nov 2013]

50. The overwhelming majority of the prisoners interviewed by the CPT’s delegation at Corradino Correctional Facility (the prison) indicated that they were treated correctly by staff. However, some allegations of physical ill-treatment and verbal abuse of inmates by certain prison officers were received, as were some allegations of inter-prisoner violence. On the latter point, the CPT stresses in its report that it will be difficult to effectively prevent instances of inter-prisoner violence with the extremely low number of prison officers that were present within the detention areas; the Maltese authorities are recommended to take urgent steps to fill the many vacant posts (50 at the time of the visit) with appropriately qualified staff and to provide prison officers with professional training, both initial and ongoing.

The state of the world's human rights

Amnesty International AI, Annual Report 2013

[accessed 29 Jan 2014]

REFUGEES, MIGRANTS AND ASYLUM-SEEKERS - On 30 June, Mamadou Kamara, a 32-year-old migrant from Mali, died in custody. He had attempted to escape from Safi Barracks detention centre, and was allegedly severely ill-treated when recaptured. Two officers were charged with his murder and a third with perverting the course of justice. On 2 July, the Prime Minister appointed a judge to lead an independent inquiry into whether the individuals involved in Mamadou Kamara’s death had been negligent, had disregarded procedures or abused their powers. It was also to investigate whether the recommendations made by the inquiry into the death of Infeanyi Nwokoye in 2011 had been implemented.

The judicial investigation into the death of Infeanyi Nwokoye in April 2011 continued. Infeanyi Nwokoye, a Nigerian migrant, had died in hospital after being recaptured following an escape attempt from Safi Barracks detention centre. He had been living in Malta since 2006. His request for asylum had been rejected, and he was returned to the detention centre after documents needed for his deportation had been finalized. A government inquiry to examine the circumstances of Infeanyi Nwokoye’s death had published a summary of recommendations in October 2011.

Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture

U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment  -- Doc. A/55/44, paras. 41-45 (1999)

[accessed 3 March 2013]

45. The Committee recommends that:

(a) The State party ensure that the envisaged new Asylum Act is consistent with the provisions of the Convention;

(b) The State party ensure that victims of torture are not dissuaded from lodging a complaint by any intimidation or threats, including threats of legal measures being taken against them;

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 5 February 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – The law prohibits such practices, and there were no reports that government officials employed them.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 1   Civil Liberties: 1   Status: Free

2009 Editiion

[accessed 5 February 2013]

The judiciary is independent, and the rule of law prevails in civil and criminal matters. The Police Ordinance Act, which took effect in 2003, established a witness protection program and a mechanism for handling complaints about the police. Prison conditions generally meet international standards, although the Council of Europe’s Commission for Human Rights has objected to detention conditions for irregular migrants and asylum seekers. An independent report on the military’s violent 2005 suppression of a protest by detained immigrants raised concerns about the use of excessive force, recommending an internal military inquiry and better training for soldiers. In January 2008, a report was released by the European Parliament that the Hal Far detention center did not meet acceptable standards due to overcrowding and prolonged detention. However, the report also claimed that basic treatment of detainees was adequate.

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