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Malta nominees to Human Rights Court refused... again

A relative majority of the members on the Committee of Human Rights and Legal Affairs that accepted Malta’s list of nominations for the post of judge in the European Court of Human Rights, will not be enough for approval.
Malta still does not have the backing of the absolute majority of the members of the committee, because it needs approval by 43 members. Thirty out of the 42 members present at the committee meeting yesterday backed Malta’s list.
Malta has had its list of all-male nominees for the post of judge at the Court of Human Rights refused because no woman was among them.
Justice Minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici told Parliament last month that the committee had appeared to have accepted Malta’s reasons for nominating only men, but clear opposition still exists to Malta’s obstinacy in presenting an all-male list.
The nominees are Chief Justice Vincent DeGaetano, Mr Justice Joseph Filletti and Mr Justice Joseph David Camilleri.
The chosen nominee, if any, will succeed Giovanni Bonello, the current Maltese judge on the Court.


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