We have just published the Annual Report covering our activities for 2020! Below, we’re sharing our Director’s introductory comments to the Report, where he touches on how 2020 truly was a year that changed everything for us.
You are invited to download and read the Report here (.pdf). Do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you have any queries or comments on our activities.
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.
We are looking for interpreters and translators for English to Arabic.
Translators are needed to translate information documents and Interpreters could be needed for information sessions we intend to deliver in Open and closed Centres, or for other work with our clients in our office.
We are not able to offer employment, and cannot give an estimate of the number of hours we could require. Interested persons should have a VAT number.
Translators should get in touch with Marine by email or via telephone (+356 20106295). We would like to know about translating experience and fee.
In this post we examine the Venice Commission’s Opinion CDL-AD(2020)019 on the 6 Acts adopted by the Government on the 29 July 2020. In a previous post, we examined the process undertaken by the Government whilst seeking to implement the legislative changes proposed in Opinion CDL-AD(2020)006.
It is important to note that the Acts were adopted prior to receiving the opinion of the Venice Commission which was requested by the Government itself. On 23 June 2020, the Minister for Justice transmitted 10 bills to the Venice Commission and requested an urgent opinion of the Venice Commission by no later than the end of June 2020. The Commission replied by stating that it would not prepare an opinion by way of urgency but that it would be finalised at the beginning of October 2020. On 1 July 2020 the bills were presented to Parliament for a first reading, however they were not yet in the public domain. On the 29 July 2020, the Maltese Parliament unanimously adopted 6 of the 10 bills and notified the Venice Commission of this on the 4 August 2020.
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.