Our work

aditus foundation was established as a generic human rights NGO, wishing to research and highlight commonalities between various communities, themes and concerns.

Check out our Projects page for more specific information.


We observe and assess laws, policies and practices to evaluate their compliance with human rights standards.
  1. Visit closed and open migrant centres, prison and other sites

  2. Dialogue with NGO partners and networks

  3. Engage with our beneficiaries

  4. Follow the transposition and implementation of EUand international instruments


We research and compile generic or specific human rights reports.
  1. Coordinate submissions to relevant bodies and mechanisms of the United Nations, Council of Europe and European Union

  2. Conduct and publish national research

  3. File transposition reports with EU Commission


We either provide information, advice and interventions in individual cases, or advocate on a broader scale with the relevant institutions.
  1. Campaign with national entities on individual cases or themes

  2. Constant media presence

  3. Provide legal info or advice through our Pro Bono Unit

  4. Deliver human rights capacity-building activities

  5. Establish strategic alliances

Despite our nature as a generic human rights NGO, we also appreciate that strategic and sustainable focus is needed. We operate within the framework of an Annual Strategy that identifies those Themes, Priorities and Activities we choose to pursue, on the basis of a careful assessment of the human rights situation in Malta.

Acknowledging the fact that our advocacy work is essentially mid- and long-term, we decided to formulate priorities covering 2 years, and not 1. In our Strategic Meeting, we formulated what will be our focus of work for 2015 and 2016:

General Advocacy

  • Public education and Awareness
  • Capacity-building
  • Monitoring

Internal priorities

  • Sustainability
  • Capacity-building
  • Efficiency
  • External Relations

External Relations

  • Website
  • Our Profile
  • Media

Access to Justice

  • Redress Mechanisms
  • Increase internal capacity

Migration and Asylum

  • Failed asylum-seekers
  • Reception conditions
  • Integration
  • Statelessness


  • Civil Unions Act and GIGESC Act
  • LGBTIQ discrimination

Pro Bono Unit

  • Administration
  • Functionality
  • Monitoring

In March 2015 we organised our annual Strategic Meeting, where we evaluated the impact of our 2014 activities in an attempt to identify strengths, weaknesses and to build on lessons learnt.

Our evaluation exercise looks at the impact of our own activities, external elements contributing to the specific priority area and also whether the target is short-, mid- or long-term. On the basis of this analysis, we are able to assess whether each target was achieved, partially achieved or not achieved.

These are the themes we worked on in 2014, including the specific priorities per theme and also a summary of our self-evaluation. The 2014 Annual Report (forthcoming) will contain details of the activities and projects we engaged in throughout the year.

Access to Justice

Priorities (evaluation):
  1. Redress mechanisms respond more effectively (not achieved)
  2. Gaps are identified and reported (partially achieved)
  3. Strategic litigation framework is established (partially achieved)
  4. Funding and international/regional networking opportunities are explored (partially achieved)

General Advocacy

Priorities (evaluation):
  1. A more informed national discourse on human rights issues (partially achieved)
  2. Hate speech is recognised as a crime (not achieved)
  3. The media uses appropriate language and is proactive (partially achieved)
  4. Public and private entities are aware of their human rights obligations (partially achieved)
  5. Victims seek redress through appropriate mechanisms (partially achieved)
  6. A more effective NGO community (achieved)
  7. Laws and policies conform to human rights standards (partially achieved)


Priorities (evaluation):
  1. Sufficient project and core funding to fulfil the organisation’s mission (partially achieved)
  2. aditus team grows to meet project and activity requirements (achieved)
  3. aditus team is composed of dedicated professionals (achieved)
  4. On-going training is a regular operational component (achieved)
  5. Office space is suitable to implement projects and activities (not achieved)
  6. Administration complies with employment and fiscal obligations (achieved)
  7. aditus is a member of relevant networks (achieved)
  8. aditus website is fully functional and regularly updated (achieved)
  9. aditus’ brand is recognised as a national human rights lead organisation (achieved)


Priorities (evaluation):
  1. Gender Identity Act adopted (partially achieved)
  2. Full legal and policy recognition of affirmed gender, also for pre- and non-operative transgender persons (achieved)
  3. LGBTI families are legally recognised through, at least, civil unions (achieved)

Migration and Asylum

Priorities (evaluation):
  1. Creation of refugee/migrant NGOs (achieved)
  2. Refugees/migrants are present in advocacy activities (partially achieved)
  3. Child detention, including of UAMs, is abolished (achieved)
  4. Strengthened procedural guarantees (partially achieved)
  5. Improved material living conditions (not achieved)
  6. Refugees/migrants are given access to citizenship and/to long-term residence status (partially achieved)
  7. Redress mechanisms respond more effectively (not achieved)
  8. Entitlements are recognised and provided (partially achieved)
  9. EASO Monitor is critical and leads to increased EASO openness (not achieved)


Priorities (evaluation):
  1. Mid-term evaluation is conducted (achieved)
  2. Final evaluation is conducted (achieved)