U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Malta
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||30 January 1998|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Malta, 30 January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aa1848.html [accessed 24 July 2014]|
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, January 30, 1998.
MALTAMalta is a constitutional republic and parliamentary democracy. The Head of State (President) appoints as the Head of Government (Prime Minister) the leader of the party that gains a plurality of seats in the quinquennial elections for the unicameral legislature. The judiciary is independent. The police are commanded by a civilian commissioner under the effective supervision of the Government. The economy is a mixture of state-owned and private industry, with tourism and light manufacturing as the largest sectors, and it provides residents a moderate to high standard of living. The Government is strongly committed to human rights. An independent judiciary upholds the Constitution's protections for individual rights and freedoms. Cultural and religious patterns reinforce the homogeneity of society. Societal discrimination against women persists, and domestic violence is a problem, but the Government has taken steps to address both issues.