Want to be a Human Rights Intern?

We’re seeking to recruit one or two Human Rights Interns to assist us in our advocacy activities. Here’s a summary of the requirements and task description, but you can download the full call here:

“The Human Rights Interns will be full and active members of our dynamic team, with tasks generally including:

  • Daily media review and compilation;
  • PHROM’s Il-Librerija data management;
  • Thematic research supporting our FRANET Research Team;
  • Logistical and other support for projects being implemented;
  • Active input in our regular Team Meetings;
  • Visits to places of concern to us;
  • Participation at conferences, trainings and seminars;
  • Support our Shadow Reporting activities;
  • General research and compilation;
  • Administrative tasks.

Prospective candidates should:

  • Be in possession of a University degree in a field related to or including human rights;
  • Be knowledgeable of or familiar with key human rights instruments (e.g. United Nations core treaties, EU Charter for Fundamental Rights, European Convention on Human Rights, etc.);
  • Have excellent computing skills. Applicants with knowledge of IT tools required to make creative use of data and information (info-graphics, design, etc.) will be preferred;
  • Have an understanding of and agreement with the organisations’ guiding principles.”

Read through the call and get in touch with us in case you have any queries. We’re looking forward to receiving your applications!


Refugees: are you asking what you can do to help?

After the tragic events in the past months have been unfolding in front of our very eyes, many have asked us what they, as individuals, can do to help.

Although refugee arrivals to Malta have not been as dramatic as in other parts of Europe, there is still a significant number of individuals and families that is in dire need of our help.

There are various ways in which you can contribute to supporting  and showing solidarity with those seeking asylum and refugees residing in Malta:

Donate Money

There are several NGOs working directly with refugees and asylum-seekers, providing various forms of support: material, social, legal, educational, psycho-social, medical. Some are also active in advocating with the authorities for better protection and human rights enjoyment.

The following refugee-supporting NGOs are active in assisting individuals and families, and rely on donations to continuing providing such support:

aditus foundation: aditus foundation is an independent, voluntary and non-profit NGO established with a view to monitor, act and report on access to fundamental human rights. It also offers legal aid services to refugees and asylum seekers.

African Media Association Malta: A new NGO (2014) composed of African journalists in Malta using their professional skills to help migrants to learn about living in Malta and effective integration.

FSM MALTA: FSM believes in providing for the welfare and development of communities, and in pioneering the growth of cultural diversity and cross cultural bridge building.

Integra Foundation: Integra’s vision is that of supporting inclusive, non-discriminating and non-disabling societies, where all individuals have the right to human dignity, freedom, respect and social justice.

JRS Malta: JRS Malta seeks to accompany, serve and defend the rights of asylum-seekers and forcibly displaced persons who arrive in Malta.

KOPIN: KOPIN is a voluntary, autonomous, non-profit and non-governmental organisation based in Malta working in the fields of international development cooperation, development education and refugee support.

Malta Emigrants’ Commission:  Emigrants’ Commission services cover all those affected by migration including immigrants and refugees. 

Migrants’ Network for Equality: This network has the aim of bringing together the various migrant communities present in Malta.

Migrant Women Association:  This new Association is committed towards empowering migrant women to enable their integration within the society of the host country in order to attain their full potential.

Organisation for Friendship in Diversity: OFD is a youth-led non-profit organisation working in the field of inclusion and diversity to promote the values of cultural understanding, respect, communication and friendship in order to challenge social stigmas in Malta today.

Peace Lab: Peace Labs runs an extensive adult education programme through various radio programmes and newspapers. Since 2002, the Peace Lab has hosted migrants in its grounds. 

People for Change Foundation: PFC conducts on-the-ground legal and policy research in Malta in the fields of migration, asylum and racism in the European Union. It also worsk in the areas of children’s rights and development and humanitarian aid.

SOS Malta: SOS Malta is a non-governmental organisation working in Malta and overseas, it assists all peoples through projects of a social and charitable nature.

Although not an NGO, Malta Microfinance Limited is a regulated non-profit financial institution that provides interest-free credit and microloans to people living in poverty in Malta, particularly migrants and women.

Donate in Kind

Many of the above organisations regularly request items needed by the community, such as:

  • clothes
  • books
  • children’s items (prams, buggies, nappies)
  • food, and
  • household goods.

Simply contact an NGO by sending an email or following them on social media in order to show support and be kept informed of any items that are needed. It is however not advisable to handover your broken or soiled items to refugees, so please be sure to liaise with the organisation before considering a donation.

In addition, the NGOs themselves could be in need of various items such as computers, printers and other office equipment, and furniture as these are indispensable but costly items to purchase.

Contact an NGO if you have any items that can be donated!

Volunteer

Anyone can volunteer.  Offer some of your time to provide support in language lessons, administration, accounting, legal services, fundraising, mentoring or simply your man hours. Contact an NGO to see how you can be of use.

Engage

There is much more you can easily do, if the above are not for you…

  • Get to know the real story! There is plenty of accessible information on the plight of refugees in Malta. As a first, check out the websites of the above NGOs, and subscribe to their newsletters, FaceBook and Twitter feeds;
  • Smile to a refugee! Too often refugees face angry or rude comments. Making them feel welcome will encourage them to integrate. And it’s just a nice thing to do!
  • Expect more from the Maltese Government! Human rights are to be enjoyed by everyone, not least by migrants and refugees. Spread this message amongst friends, family and colleagues.


Free English lessons for migrants

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English Language Academy (ELA) is offering free English lessons to migrants. The free, two-week General English Course will be held every day from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at ELA’s school. The address is 9, Tower Lane, Sliema.

ELA will offer the General English Course to groups of five migrants from June to August 2015. Since spaces are limited, ELA has suggested offering each individual a two-week course, to increase the number of migrants who can benefit.

The protection status of the migrant is irrelevant, as is their current level of English. Upon completing the course, they will be given a certificate showing the number of hours attended and the level of English attained.

This excellent initiative will help improve the lives of migrants, both in terms of integration and work opportunities.

For further information, please contact Erika Borg on +356 2010 6295 or erikaborg@aditus.org.mt.