The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, met with the Malta Refugee Council in an information session. The aim of the meeting was to raise further awareness on the role and functions of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, especially as they pertain to Malta’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the field of forced migration.
The Malta Refugee Council is a network of Maltese NGOs devoted to advocating for the fundamental human rights of individuals who are forcibly displaced.
Dr Neil Falzon, Director at Aditus Foundation, introduced the meeting, outlining the Council’s mission. He emphasised that their work involves advocating for legislation, policies, and practices that align with Malta’s international obligations and best practices in the sector. Moreover, he stated that the Council strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for refugees.
Judge Emeritus Zammit McKeon indicated that the Office of the Ombudsman is actively reaching out to areas in society that may need the services of the Ombudsman. This outreach is intended to bring the institution closer to the people and make it more accessible to those seeking redress for maladministration. He highlighted the importance of information sessions such as these in strengthening cooperation between the Ombudsman’s Office and NGOs.
Dr Monica Borg Galea, Head of Investigations at the Ombudsman’s Office, delivered a presentation on the role and functions of the Ombudsman during the session. Following her presentation, members from various NGOs engaged in a constructive dialogue, raising questions and sharing the challenges they encountered in the field of migration.