We are extremely shocked and saddened at the discovery of around 120 migrants living in absolute squalor in a Qormi farm. As details of the incident continue to unfold, a story of exploitation, abuse and dehumanisation is emergiżng. It is disconcerting that some people are able to treat fellow human beings with such contempt and disregard for their dignity. It is now a well-established fact that sustaining economic growth in Malta is dependent on diverse forms of migrant labour. And … read more
We, the undersigned non-governmental organisations and individuals, are gravely concerned by the decision of the Magistrate’s Court in the case against Sean Anthony McGahren. We feel it gives a message that aggressors can get away with almost anything when committing an offence of domestic violence. We are also deeply concerned to see that the prosecution decided to remove charges related to the offence following the victim’s wish to withdraw her complaint and that the Court acceded to the request. We … read more
Interesting documentary by Klaus Thymann comparing Malta’s treatment of rich migrants and their privileged access to Maltese citizenship versus the obstacles faced by refugees in making Malta their home. Our Director starts at 03.44.
We are gravely concerned by the Government’s decision to close Malta’s ports to NGO rescue ships. The consequences of this measure are potentially fatal, as the vessels will no longer be able to continue saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea. Although supposedly aimed at ensuring respect for the law, this action directly undermines the protection of human life at Europe’s borders, making them even more dangerous for refugees and asylum seekers. The irregular migration sea route from Libya to Italy, … read more
Joint Italian and Maltese NGO Statement on incidents relating to people rescued at sea Whilst we welcome the recent developments in relation to the disembarkation of rescued people on board the Alexander Maersk cargo and the ongoing coordination between the Governments of Italy, Malta, France and Spain, we urge all actors involved to immediately secure the disembarkation of the over 230 rescued people, among which children, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable individuals, currently aboard the Mission Lifeline rescue ship. Whilst … read more