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Watch: Malta is the 'gold standard' of LGBT reform, says UN equality boss

Charles Radcliffe praises the 'quiet revolution' of past years

Video: Equality Ministry/UN

Updated 2.20pm - Added video

Malta has become the "gold standard" of LGBTQI reforms, according to the head of the United Nations' LGBT equality campaign.

In a video endorsement, Charles Radcliffe, who also heads the Equality and Non-discrimination team at the UN Human Rights office in New York, said Malta had lit the way in the sector.

"Malta has become a beacon of hope in the struggle for these rights," he said.

The video was unveiled at a press conference by Equality Minister Helena Dalli, as part of a series of similar conferences marking the first 100 days of this administration.

Malta's progress on LGBTQI issues has been singled out for praise by the United Nations. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaMalta's progress on LGBTQI issues has been singled out for praise by the United Nations. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

 

Malta passed marriage equality legislation last July. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaMalta passed marriage equality legislation last July. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Ministerial consultant Silvan Agius said the government had had a strong working relationship with Mr Radcliffe's office during the previous legislature, and that he had also visited Malta for a conference on LGBT rights.

READ: Malta passes Marriage Equality Act

The world had witnessed a "quiet revolution" in Malta in this sector, Mr Radcliffe said, adding that it was remarkable that all this had been accomplished in consultation with the wider community.

Dr Dalli said the government had hit the ground running this legislature and was working towards a consultative council on women's rights and a number of other initiatives.

Upcoming reforms, she added, included a gender clinic that would ensure medical rights for LGBT citizens.

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