#KeepingUpWithTheInterns – Let us say thanks to health workers by staying home

I am young, hence the Coronavirus isn’t too dangerous for me…I am not too worried. I will still go out, but will be cautious not to touch contaminated places to minimise exposure. Staying in all this time bores me!

Why is staying at home an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19?

It is a fact that if one is young and healthy, chances of death from this virus are low. However, let’s imagine the following scenario. You get sick and the estimate is that you will spread it to approximately three other people before symptoms manifest. The other three healthy people who were infected by you will each spread it to another three. The spread will continue until you manifest symptoms, quarantine yourself and stay at home. Throughout this initial period you may not feel anything but remember, you are still carrying it. You may spread it to vulnerable people and this could result in their death.

If you don’t stay home and get infected with COVID-19 from the outside, this could result in it spreading to the other family members you live with. Imagine if they are the vulnerable ones who followed the Government ‘s recommendations of quarantine. But yet you went out and brought it home!

There are several groups of vulnerable persons, including persons suffering from:

  • Chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, etc.)
  • Respiratory problems (e.g. asthma, pneumonia, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc.)
  • Low auto-immune system (e.g. multiple sclerosis, people undergoing chemotherapy treatments, etc.).

The elderly and pregnant women are also considered particularly vulnerable to the-virus.

I believe that not listening to instructions just because one is healthy and young is selfish and unfair for others.

Vulnerable persons deserve protection and each one of us plays a huge role by following quarantine and /self–quarantine, as required. Each one of us is precious. Let us all work together to overcome this crisis.

Hearts for health care workers

Shout out to all the doctors, nurses, volunteers, and health-care workers who are sacrificing their lives in order to save ours! Thank you for all the efforts you are doing. Thank you for staying till late for us. Thank you for taking care of us. Thank you for agreeing on not seeing your family just to keep them safe. Thank you!

Health-care workers deserve a thank you. But what type of thank you do they want to receive from us? Staying home and following their instructions is the biggest thank you they can receive from us. Let us help them overcome this crisis in a much quicker way so that they can be with their families. Stay at home, because this is the least thing we can do.

They stayed at work for us, let us stay at home for them.

Thank you so much guys and keep it up! This crisis will soon be over!

Rimaz Bitrou.

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#KeepingUpWithTheInterns – The Protests

Hey fellow readers!! Hope everyone is doing great and you are taking good care of yourselves. This week I am going to be writing about something I really enjoy doing: going to protests. In particular, I am going to talk about the last two protests that aditus foundation endorsed.

Did you know that protesting is a right? In fact it is a right that originates from a number of other human rights. There is no human rights instrument or national constitution that gives the full right to protest. The right to protest can be seen as a demonstration of the right to freedom of association, right to freedom of assembly and the right to freedom of speech.

So what happened on 7 March?

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#KeepingUpWithTheInterns – Hello!

Hey all, it’s Rimaz and Matthew! We are the new Human Rights Interns of aditus foundation, and we’re so happy to welcome you to #KeepingUpWithTheInterns

Together with being super honoured to be members of the aditus foundation family, we are really excited to kick-start a learning experience with aditus and with you! Yes that’s right! We are going to be updating you weekly about or experiences, things we are learning, and our personal views related to the human rights moments we’ll be living here at the aditus office.

So, how is this going to work? We’ll be updating you on a weekly basis…this is our first post, so many more to follow so stay tuned! Today’s blog post is an introduction of who we are. We hope you like our ‘Get To Know Us’ Q&A!

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Malta’s review under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – (2) Concluding Observations

This second article summarizes the Concluding Observations on Malta issued by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and follows our first article that focused on shadow reports submitted by civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

All the review documents (State Report, List of Issues, Civil Society Input, List of Delegation, Concluding Observations) may be found on the OHCHR site, under Malta.

What are Concluding Observations?

Malta is required to submit regular state reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on how rights provided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child are implemented. Following an analysis of these reports and of the shadow reports presented by interested entities, the CRC adopted Concluding Observations on Malta wherein it presented its concerns and recommendations.

Concluding Observations should be widely publicised in the State party as they serve as a basis for national debates on the improvement in the enjoyment by children of their fundamental human rights. Malta is also expected to follow up the recommendations provided in the Concluding Observations, as these will be looked at in the Committee’s next review.

What did the Committee on the Rights of the Child say about Malta?

Several topics were addressed by the Committee, including the allocation of resources, cooperation with civil society, children’s rights and the business sector, civil rights and freedoms, family environment and alternative care, disability, basic health and welfare, violence, non-discrimination, leisure and cultural activities, special protection measures and administration of juvenile justice. The Committee based its Concluding Observations on national and shadow reports, as summed up in our first article focusing on reports submitted by civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

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Malta’s review under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – (1) Shadow Reports

This is the first of two articles bring you information on Malta’s review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. In this article we’re looking at shadow reports submitted by civil society organisations and other stakeholders, whilst in the second article we’ll be summarising the Committee’s Concluding Observations on Malta.

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which came into force on 2 September 1990. This Convention is composed of 41 articles and guarantees children of State Parties rights, separately from adulthood, that are classified in different themes.

Indeed, the Convention provides children survival rights (e.g. the right to life and basic needs such as nutrition or medical services), development rights (e.g. education, play, culture, freedom of thought, conscience or religion), protection rights (e.g. protecting children against exploitation, harm, neglect, abuse, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, protection in employment) and participation rights (e.g. freedom of association and freedom of peaceful assembly).

Thus, “the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty in history” provides children until the age of 18 a special protected time, “in which (they) must be allowed to grow, learn, play, develop and flourish with dignity”.

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