In April, our Legal Officer, participated in a training on case law developed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) with relevance for asylum law. This was organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Strasbourg.
The training provided in depth knowledge on the ECHR approach in asylum cases. Experienced speakers presented the Court’s approach in non-refoulement cases, detention cases, interim measures and the right to family life. The participants could visit the Court and meet the very experienced lawyers working there.
The seminar was attended by lawyers in private practice, judges, European and national civil servants and other legal practitioners dealing with asylum law.
In October three of our lawyers attended an advanced course on strengthening international protection. Neil (Director), Alexis (Legal Officer) and Mireille (Junior Legal Officer) spent 3 days in Marseille participating in engaging discussions and workshops, whilst also networking with our friends and colleagues in other Member States.
Why do we attend these events? What are the benefits to our work, and to our beneficiaries?
Between 1 and 2 October, aditus foundation’s staff participated to the European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) Advanced Course 2021: ‘Strengthening International Protection in Europe and Thinking Ahead’ training organised in Marseille by the European Council on Refugee and Exiles (ECRE).
The training was attended by legal practitioner and members of the ELENA network, which brings together a wide range of actors in the field of migration and asylum. It provided valuable input in key topics surrounding the current legal challenges in migration and asylum faced by legal practitioners all around Europe. Our interest was to focus on alternatives to detention as a key point for legal training.
On aditus’ side, the event was attended by Director Neil Falzon, Legal Officer Alexis Galand and Junior Legal Officer Mireille Boffa.
Specific workshops aimed at tailoring the comprehension of these key topics were held throughout the two days event. The workshops on alternatives to detention was of particular importance to aditus’ lawyers as they are confronted daily with the legal challenges surrounding detention.
NGOs, academics ask for the reinstatement of access to corradino
On Saturday 14 November we participated in a vigil in remembrance of the prisoners who lost their lives at Corradino Correctional Facility (CCF). Our Director delivered a brief speech, emphasising the need for truth and justice in order to clarify who caused or prevented the deaths.
“The reign of terror instituted by former prison director Alex Dalli is a clear factor leading to this loss of life,” the group said. “His resignation, and far less his self-suspension, will not bring these victims back,” the groups stated.
“We remain in the dark about the facts which led to these deaths, despite the internal inquiries that have been launched. Colonel Dalli had also restricted access to journalists and activists, turning Corradino into his own fortress.
Without access to Corradino, it became easier for Dalli to run the prisons without any oversight whatsoever.”
Activists are also asking new prison director Robert Brincau to reinstate access to the prisons to both NGOs and media. “Not only will this serve to make the prison administration more transparent, but it would mark a clear departure from Dalli’s horrific methods.”
The coalition of NGOs has also called for a safe and humane environment for prisoners. “We want to see a prison that truly rehabilitates people, not tortures them. Above all, we want to see an end to the system of abuse that was created under Dalli, and prevent any further deaths.”
The groups also noted the start of an inquiry by the independent Ombudsman, and expects Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri to shoulder political responsibility for the findings of this report. “Besides the inquiry led by handpicked personnel, Minister Camilleri should also consider the results of an independent inquiry which the Ombudsman is holding out of his own initiative, following numerous reports of maladministration.”
This event is endorsed by:
- Moviment Graffitti
- The Department of Inclusion and Access to Learning (University of Malta)
- Studenti Ħarsien Soċjali
- Prof. Andrew Azzopardi
- Integra Foundation
- SOS Malta
- aditus foundation
- Alleanza Kontra l-Faqar
- Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Education
On Monday 4 October 2021, the migrant community of Malta met in Valletta to protest against the discriminatory and inhumane treatment at the hand of authorities and public bodies, such as Identity Malta. The protest, which was carried out peacefully and in compliance with Covid regulations, began in front of the Parliament of Malta and reached the Ministry Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement. It carried the slogan: ‘Stability not Uncertainty’.
This protest had the main purpose of highlighting the seriousness of the situation that migrants are experiencing on the island. The problem of people moving from one nation to another is part of a global history and it must always be remembered that people migrate by risking their lives to escape poverty or to escape conflict and not always for fun or pleasure.