On 20 October aditus Director Dr. Neil Falzon delivered a presentation during an asylum and resettlement hearing organised by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). The hearing gathered several professionals, academics and NGOs in order to raise and discuss important technical elements relevant to the on-going negotiations on the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Neil’s presentation was delivered during the panel discussing ‘Access to an effective remedy’, where he focused on the various scenarios where asylum-seekers are … read more
aditus welcomes today’s publication by the Ministry for Justice & Home Affairs of the Malta Action Plan on Combating Trafficking in Persons. This is a significant step towards increasing national attention and action to what the United Nations describes as a ‘global threat’. Malta’s ratification of the so-called Palermo Protocol in 2003 indicated its willingness to engage in concerted efforts to deal with human trafficking. The Protocol highlights the criminal nature of trafficking activities whilst upholding and protecting the fundamental human rights of their victims, … read more
aditus Director Dr. Neil Falzon has just returned from the 2-day conference ‘Fleeing Homophobia’, an event organised to launch the publication that brings together months of EU-wide research into the manner EU MS deal with LGBTI asylum-seekers. aditus was the project’s Malta National Rapporteur.
A few days ago we sent a list of general update queries to EASO, asking about the status of the premises, recruitment procedures and the Consultative Forum. In response, I was invited to a meeting with Dr. Visser, Executive Director, and his advisor Ms. Lonneke Kapoen. I just returned from a good introductory meeting, held in EASO’s current premises just seconds away from one of Malta’s open centres – Marsa Open Centre. Mr. Visser explained that work on the official … read more
The Malta Gay Rights Movement and aditus acknowledge the positive step forward made by the Maltese Government in amending Maltese legislation to correctly reflect the requirements of the EU’s Freedom of Movement Directive although they regret that such a change from obviously discriminatory legislation only came about after infringement proceedings by the European Commission. With this amendment EU nationals in a relationship with a third country national of the same sex, wishing to move to and reside in Malta should now have their entry … read more