About us


The idea to establish aditus foundation was born in 2009. Our current Director (Neil) had just left his position as Head of the UNHCR Office in Malta in order to take a personal break and to rethink his personal and professional future. The idea was to remain in the national human rights sector, to provide a valid and sustainable contribution and to avoid replicating the work being done by other organisations.

Malta’s NGO landscape was, and largely remains, one dominated by organisations providing extremely valuable and needed services to various sectors within the community. Human rights advocacy at the level of targeting laws and policies was limited to a small number of NGOs highly specialised in their respective fields.

Within this context, aditus foundation’s founders (Neil Falzon, Nicola Mallia and Carla Camilleri) wanted the organisation to focus almost exclusively on advocacy, on constantly pushing the bar higher and higher in order to achieve stronger and more effective human rights protection for all persons in Malta.

We are inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and as lawyers are wholly committed to removing those obstacles preventing anyone from accessing and enjoying their fundamental human rights.

After a period of operating from Neil’s living-room with a handful of excited and eager volunteers, aditus foundation was formally registered with the Malta Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations in March 2011.

Our emphasis remains advocacy, achieved through our three activity groups: Monitor, Report, Act.

Who are we?

We are a small team, relying heavily on volunteers and interns. To get to know us, use the drop-down options in the main menu bar (above) to meet our Board of Governors, Operational Team.

aditus foundation is an active member of various NGO networks, listed below. We are also members of the Fundamental Rights Platform within the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), and of the Consultative Council managed by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).