Refugee girl caught between her biological & her ‘foster’ family: aditus comments

A five-year-old Eritrean girl is caught in the middle of a heartbreaking legal battle between the Maltese woman she has lived with all her life and her biological parents, who are migrants about to relocate to Switzerland. Today, a judge will seal the girl’s fate, deciding whether she will leave tomorrow, as planned, with her parents and three siblings, or, as her “ad hoc” guardian is requesting, go on with her life in Malta until a smoother transition can take … read more

aditus participates in a seminar organised by Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF)

aditus Director Neil Falzon spent a day in Athens discussing the Mediterranean region, at a seminar organised by MSF entitled ‘European and regional restrictive immigration policies: Are medical/humanitarian concerns taken into account?’  The primary aims of the seminar was to identify existing gaps in the regional with regard to the provision of medical and humanitarian assistance to migrants, with a view to assessing the possible operational involvement of agencies like MSF. Neil, together with JRS Malta, provided the Malta perspective … read more

Press Statement: A major step in Malta’s human rights development

aditus foundation is very happy to welcome the recent announcement by the Minister for Justice, Dialogue and the Family regarding legal amendments broadening hate crimes legislation.  The proposed amendments will extend current legislation to cover crimes based on homophobia, transphobia and other grounds such as disability. aditus Director Dr. Neil Falzon:  “This is a clear statement condemning acts of violence committed out of discrimination against particularly vulnerable groups.  We are particularly happy to see the inclusion of gender identity as a … read more

aditus joins other local NGOs to condemn act of violence against a lesbian teenager

The Malta Gay Rights Movement and aditus strongly condemn the act of violence that took place in Hamrun against two young women on Friday 13th January as reported in the Sunday Times and would like to express their solidarity with the victims and their families. In many countries, such an assault would be investigated as a hate crime but Malta has yet to extend hate crime legislation to include the grounds of homophobia and transphobia. Violence on lesbian, gay and trans … read more

aditus’ participation in a PICUM workshop on access to healthcare for migrants

On November 24th 2011, aditus was invited to attend a working group organised by PICUM (the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) in Brussels, Belgium, entitled PICUM working group on Access to Healthcare for Undocumented Migrants.  aditus volunteer Claude Mizzi represented the organisation.   Participants ranged from a number of NGOs from various countries, including Spain, Lithuania, Sweden and Italy, for a total of 14 countries represented. Together with aditus Malta was represented by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). The working group saw … read more