The Government of Malta, rightly so, has put the agenda of certain civil liberties at the top of its agenda. One notes that in its rush to gain popularity with different communities it has failed to address properly certain matters. While it gave the right or rather reached an agreement in order for a person has written on his/her Identity Card there are still significant issues due to the civil code and the non addressing of certain bureaucratic procedures within departments.
If one changes sex in Malta, the Maltese government keeps writing on his birth certificate that once this person was of opposite sex. So what has changed exactly? The arguments brought over by government departments is that only the person concerned can actually get hold of that certificate in its full form. However, this is extremely dangerous particularly when certain Government Departments themselves in certain applications they request individuals to bring a full version of his birth certificate. Same happens in the private sector. In this context, persons will have documents in their hands with sentences like “ was formerly a woman” or “ was formerly a man” or “ changed sex in 2002”. Is this the way we are giving liberties, by humiliating people in interviews, in school applications or universities. Government should address this at the immediate. If for security reasons the secret service needs such information than let this information be kept but it should not be accessible by anyone including the person concerned.
It is also absurd that the Data Protection Commissioner comes out on certain departments for keeping a copy of the ID Cards yet it lets the registry doing such a horrendous thing and that this will be available to others since it is public. So what exactly does the Data Protection Commissioner protect, photocopies or real abuse of the most personal data that could exist that is one’s identity?
A similar matter had been raised at “Gvern li Jisma” activities held by the Government. A women had brought a similar situation on comments written on the birth certificate of her child. Yet again in spite of the fact that the Prime Minister promised to address it even through Hon Dr Owen Bonnici, it has not been addressed . To the contrary this still happens and the Government still stands by its position not to change the system.
When will the rights of people be taken care of? There seems to be a huge gap between what is said and what is done.