We the undersigned entities unequivocally condemn the ongoing uncertainty at the prison, aka Correctional Services Agency.
As more inmates and their families come forward to speak out, we commend them for their courage and openness.
As entities committed to social wellbeing, we recognise our responsibility to be advocates for justice and human dignity.
The number of deaths registered at this facility in these last years has tragically climbed to 13 individuals, including the recent deaths by suicide of a 30-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman. Data from the Council of Europe confirm that the suicide rate at our prison ranks amongst the highest in Europe. This fact, combined with dubious operational methods more distinctive of a long-gone archaic prison model, is extremely concerning. One needs to keep in mind that the corrections phase is an essential one in the continuum of services within the criminal justice system. When this fails, it puts the whole system at risk and causes significant collateral damage.
As European NGOs working on asylum and migration and Afghan Diaspora organisations in Europe, we are alarmed about the situation in Afghanistan and concerned above all about the security of the people of Afghanistan, both those within the country and those displaced and seeking protection in the region and beyond.
The vast majority of displaced Afghans will likely be hosted in the neighbouring countries, as has been the case over decades of displacement from Afghanistan. For reference, since 2015, over six years, 570,000 Afghans sought protection in the EU and associated countries. The majority received a protection status. In contrast, by July 2021, Iran hosted 800,000 registered refugees and up to 3 million other displaced Afghans. In Pakistan, there were 1.4 million registered refugees and up to 2 million other displaced Afghans. These figures have been increasing by the day. In addition, there are close to 5.5 million IDPs in the country.
The main aim of this Comparative Report on the Status of Refugee-led Community Organisations (RCOs) is to provide a contribution to the project’s formulation of a training kit that supports the establishment and strengthening of such organisations.
aditus foundation unequivocally condemns last week’s prosecution and punishment of the two Turkish women who came to Malta in search of safety for themselves and for their young children. We are appalled that a system intended serve the interests of justice could be so unfair and brutal. This is not justice.
This is certainly not the first time that Malta punishes people who, attempting to flee their homes due to persecution or wars, have no other option but to resort to illegal means to by-pass stringent border laws and regulations. Of course, it is the right and duty of ever State to control its borders. Yet, since time immemorial, refugees and other persons fleeing human rights violations perpetrated by their own Governments have had to illegal and unsafe routes to escape and find safety.