SMART Goals To Strengthen Access to Justice for Improved Human Rights Protection

The Strengthening Access to Justice for Improved Human Rights Protection project aims to improve access to Justice where fundamental human rights issues arise, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable or marginalised groups. However how does one turn seemingly intangible aims into practical goals that can be achieved? What is it really that we want to achieve? How is the rule of law linked to the enjoyment of rights for individuals?

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The European Commission’s Proposed Model Law on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) – How Far Does It Go?

Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are commonly identified as abusive lawsuits that are used as a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders. SLAPPs can be manifestly unfounded claims, or they could also present other forms of abuse, where the claim is not unfounded but there is an exaggerated use of legal procedures or other aspects of the legal system to harass and deter the person being litigated against.

The assasination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017 sparked called from civil society activists and a group of European MEPs to call on the EU Commisssion to draft an anti-SLAPP directive. At the time of her assasination, she had 47 libel suits, including one in the United States, and she had recieved multiple threats from London-based law firms. A recent report by the Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) found that Malta had the highest rate of SLAPPs per capita, whilst it also noted that the number of SLAPP cases across Europe have been increasing year on year.

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Report on the Obstacles in accessing Proper and Correction Documentation

Employability

The right to access employment, social services, education and other services essential to a dignified life are inextricably linked to the possession of personal documents, such as an identity document or a residence document. These identification documents usually display a person’s name and surname, country of birth, nationality, date of birth, country of residence and also address.

An identity or residence document contains a person’s information which also includes the person’s legal status in the issuing country. In this context, the legal status would refer to the law or regulation on which their right to reside in a particular country is based.

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Employability

The right to access employment, social services, education and other services essential to a dignified life are inextricably linked to the possession of personal documents, such as an identity document or a residence document. These identification documents usually display a person’s name and surname, country of birth, nationality, date of birth, country of residence and also address.

An identity or residence document contains a person’s information which also includes the person’s legal status in the issuing country. In this context, the legal status would refer to the law or regulation on which their right to reside in a particular country is based.

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Just launched: training kit on empowering refugee-led community organisations!

We are extremely happy to share the result of 2 years’ hard work! On 5 June 2022 we launched a Training Kit designed to support the empowerment of refugee-led groups. Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, the Training Kit on Empowering Refugee-Led Community Organisations wants to strengthen refugee protection by elevating refugee-led groups from ‘beneficiaries’ to active and equal advocacy partners.

We designed a training package that is user-friendly, adaptable to different national contexts and targeting both information and skills needs. 

The Training Kit is actually two products. One intended for refugees wishing to be national advocates and the other for those organisations targeting EU-level advocacy.

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What does detention mean? What is freedom? New videos launched!

What does detention mean? What is freedom?

This is how we approached the project ‘Detained Narratives’. We wanted to give a voice to those people Malta chooses to lock up in squalid living conditions, in a system that in many cases is illegal.

Three young men agreed to talk about their experiences. Many others were too traumatised. Most were afraid.

Their voices expose Malta’s immigration detention regime. Concise yet powerful, the three clips we are disseminating provide a glimpse into the lived experiences of young men detained in Safi Barracks under a policy widely condemned by international, European and Maltese human rights bodies.

We are sharing the videos on our FBTwitter and Insta pages. They may also be viewed on our YouTube Channel as also our advocacy page #ThereAreAlternatives.

Do not hesitate to contact us for further information. 

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