aditus foundation is a non-governmental organisation established in 2011 with a mission to monitor, report and act on access to human rights in Malta. Named for the Latin word for 'access', our work is focused on the attentive analysis of access to human rights recognition and enjoyment.

Our work promotes a society where all persons are able to access and enjoy all their fundamental human rights, and access to justice and remedies should be provided in case of violations. Our focus is primarily Malta, but we also work towards highlighting the regional & international dimensions of human rights in Malta.

We are active members of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, European Network on Statelessness, International Detention Coalition.

aditus foundation is one of the winners of the 2014 Active Citizens of Europe (ACE) Awards - NGOs Category.

We are registered with the Malta Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations with number VO/0512.

Check out our Projects and Advocacy Initiatives.

News & Updates

🇬🇧| 🇲🇹 The government’s continued abdication of search and rescue responsibilities is contributing to deaths in the Mediterranean More than 1,300 people died or disappeared in the Central Mediterranean in 2022. These people – men, women, children, sons, and daughters – can be added to the deplorable death toll of more than 25,000 people who have died while crossing the Mediterranean since 2014. The Maltese government’s continued failure to uphold its search and rescue (SAR) responsibilities contributes to this death read more

At the end of 2022 we were informed that aditus foundation was chosen to be the national contractor for the FRANET by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) for the next four years. The FRANET is the multidisciplinary research network of the FRA. It is composed of contractors in each EU Member State who, upon request, provide relevant data to FRA on fundamental rights issues, to facilitate the Agency’s comparative analyses.

On Friday 27 January we organised a colloquy between refugee-led organisations and Government. The event was a joint effort between Aditus Foundation, African Media Association (Malta) and Spark15, part of the project 2incING. After so many months of virtual conversations, the colloquy was a needed face to face conversation about important integration themes: documentation, education, citizenship, political participation. As such, it was an important forum bringing refugees, migrants and Government to the integration table It was an extremely fruitful exchange. read more

This week aditus foundation, together with the Chamber of Advocates, held a training for lawyers to defend victims of Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPPs). This three-hour workshop, a first of its kind in Malta, used both local and European practitioners and academics to examine existing local and European legislation that can be used by practising lawyers to defends journalists and media organisations, NGOs and activists when threatened or faced with a SLAPP.

aditus foundation and The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation have filed a joint submission as part of the European Commission’s public consultation for its 2023 annual report on the rule of law in the European Union. The joint submission covers the status of and developments in the justice system, the anti-corruption framework, media pluralism, and other institutional issues related to checks and balances in Malta over the past year. Submissions may be filed by other organisations and individuals.