The Parliamentary Ombudsman meets the Apostolic Nuncio to Malta

The Parliamentary Ombudsman Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon met the Apostolic Nuncio to Malta, H.E. Archbishop Mgr. Savio Hon Tai-Fai, in the course of a courtesy visit to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Judge Zammit McKeon gave an overview of the work of the Office of the  Ombudsman.  He emphasised that following years of good work, the legal framework of the office was enshrined in the Constitution of Malta.  He stressed the importance of its work in Maltese society, as the Office investigates and acts on grievances submitted by persons, be they physical or legal persons, whatever their nationality, status or gender, with regard to acts or omissions by the public administration, that culminate in malpractice, unfairness or improper discrimination.

On his part, with utmost respect to the clear distinction between the rights and duties of Church and State, Archbishop Hon Tai-Fai pointed out that the Holy See welcomes all initiatives that promote and protect the observance of human rights.

The Ombudsman reiterated that in the field of human rights he has embarked on an initiative aimed at encouraging the State to widen the remit of the Office, possibly for it to become the National Human Rights Institution in the near future.

The Apostolic Nunzio expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Ombudsman to give a voice to people who tend to fall back in society for many a reason.  He encouraged institutions like the Office of the Ombudsman that invest in public awareness and education.

Highlighting the proactive approach in his outreach initiatives, the Ombudsman referred to a programme of activities that had been organised with Church Schools whereby interactive lectures would be delivered to students on the meaningful role of the Ombudsman and other significant subjects like the rule of law and good governance.

Archbishop Hon Tai-Fai was informed that the Heads of Church Schools in Malta had well received the way forward that had been proposed to the extent that the Office of the Ombudsman was already in contact with schools who requested to participate in the initiative.

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