PRESS STATEMENT: Where’s the respect? – There is no us without them | STQARRIJA GĦALL-ISTAMPA: Fejn hu r-rispett? – M’hemmx aħna mingħajr huma

🇬🇧Where’s the respect? – There is no us without them

The Government has committed itself to building a ‘cosmopolitan Malta’. Workers from around the world have been invited to come to Malta – but many are not truly welcomed.  Every single day migrants, black, and brown people contribute to our growth and wellbeing and in return they face precarity, abuse, exploitation and violence. Where is the respect?

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VACANCY: We’re hiring a passionate & driven lawyer to join our NGO


We are looking for a lawyer to join our pro bono legal team at aditus foundation. The legal team carries out impact litigation, advocacy and public outreach, to ensure the protection of fundamental rights to our client base. In particular, the work focuses on protecting asylum and migration rights to asylum-seekers and beneficiaries of protection from arrival, through the application stage including possible appeals right on to ensuring the enjoyment of rights afforded to refugees. The lawyer will be responsible for litigation and developing strategy together with the legal and advocacy team.

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Malta’s Institutional Neglect of migants – A Timeline

In 2020 the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment described Malta’s detention regime as amounting to “institutional neglect“. The conditions and incidences outlined in the CPT report are only the most recent in Malta’s long and shameful history in its treatment of migrants and asylum-seekers that have reached our shores since 2002.

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Malta must give answers on Loujin’s death

Malta Refugee Council demands and official inquiry into the death of a young girl

At the end of August, Loujin, a four-year old Syrian girl, boarded a wooden fishing vessel on Lebanon’s coast with her mother and one year old sister, Mira, and set out across the sea with over sixty other people from Syria, Palestine and Lebanon.

Running out of basic provisions and taking on water, they began sending out distress signals on 2 September, 2022. Those distress signals were immediately relayed to the Maltese authorities.

Joint Press Statement on the vigil for Loujin held on 16 September 2022 

Publicly available information on Loujin’s tragic death is conflicting. One version claims Malta was alerted to the distress situation on 3 September and that no concrete action was taken to secure the lives of the persons aboard the fishing boat. Another version claims that Malta was informed on 6 September and every step was taken to protect all lives, including that of Loujin. 

The version everyone must agree on is that Loujin did not survive the ordeal, dying of thirst in her mother’s arms.

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