#KeepingUpWithTheInterns – Let us say thanks to health workers by staying home

I am young, hence the Coronavirus isn’t too dangerous for me…I am not too worried. I will still go out, but will be cautious not to touch contaminated places to minimise exposure. Staying in all this time bores me!

Why is staying at home an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19?

It is a fact that if one is young and healthy, chances of death from this virus are low. However, let’s imagine the following scenario. You get sick and the estimate is that you will spread it to approximately three other people before symptoms manifest. The other three healthy people who were infected by you will each spread it to another three. The spread will continue until you manifest symptoms, quarantine yourself and stay at home. Throughout this initial period you may not feel anything but remember, you are still carrying it. You may spread it to vulnerable people and this could result in their death.

If you don’t stay home and get infected with COVID-19 from the outside, this could result in it spreading to the other family members you live with. Imagine if they are the vulnerable ones who followed the Government ‘s recommendations of quarantine. But yet you went out and brought it home!

There are several groups of vulnerable persons, including persons suffering from:

  • Chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, etc.)
  • Respiratory problems (e.g. asthma, pneumonia, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc.)
  • Low auto-immune system (e.g. multiple sclerosis, people undergoing chemotherapy treatments, etc.).

The elderly and pregnant women are also considered particularly vulnerable to the-virus.

I believe that not listening to instructions just because one is healthy and young is selfish and unfair for others.

Vulnerable persons deserve protection and each one of us plays a huge role by following quarantine and /self–quarantine, as required. Each one of us is precious. Let us all work together to overcome this crisis.

Hearts for health care workers

Shout out to all the doctors, nurses, volunteers, and health-care workers who are sacrificing their lives in order to save ours! Thank you for all the efforts you are doing. Thank you for staying till late for us. Thank you for taking care of us. Thank you for agreeing on not seeing your family just to keep them safe. Thank you!

Health-care workers deserve a thank you. But what type of thank you do they want to receive from us? Staying home and following their instructions is the biggest thank you they can receive from us. Let us help them overcome this crisis in a much quicker way so that they can be with their families. Stay at home, because this is the least thing we can do.

They stayed at work for us, let us stay at home for them.

Thank you so much guys and keep it up! This crisis will soon be over!

Rimaz Bitrou.

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#KeepingUpWithTheInterns – The Protests

Hey fellow readers!! Hope everyone is doing great and you are taking good care of yourselves. This week I am going to be writing about something I really enjoy doing: going to protests. In particular, I am going to talk about the last two protests that aditus foundation endorsed.

Did you know that protesting is a right? In fact it is a right that originates from a number of other human rights. There is no human rights instrument or national constitution that gives the full right to protest. The right to protest can be seen as a demonstration of the right to freedom of association, right to freedom of assembly and the right to freedom of speech.

So what happened on 7 March?

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Our community is as healthy as all of its members – NGO Press Release on the human rights of migrants in the current epidemic

“COVID-19 is a test for our societies, and we are all learning and adapting as we respond to the virus. Human dignity and rights need to be front and centre in that effort, not an afterthought.”

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

It is appalling to hear Government talk of non-Maltese nationals without acknowledging their humanity and – in many cases – their vulnerability. Recent statements by the Economy Minister are, at best, extremely naive and, at worst, reveal a sheer lack of compassion and humanity. Thousands of non-Maltese men, women and children cannot be abandoned to a situation of absolute precarity. Their health and livelihood must be safeguarded in order to respect their dignity and also to prevent any threats to public health. When the nation is facing such challenging times, words of support and encouragement are far more productive than careless talk of unemployment and deportations. Under all circumstances our humanity and decency must prevail.

Over the past weeks it has become clear that the Coronavirus epidemic is going to have a severe economic impact resulting in large numbers of non-Maltese nationals losing their jobs almost overnight. If unmitigated, this large-scale and sudden unemployment will trigger a worrying chain of events that has the potential of ruining the lives of thousands of people. With migrants’ residence in Malta dependent on them holding a work permit, the immediate consequence of their job loss would be the withdrawal of their right to remain in Malta.

Migrants who until a few days ago were working, paying taxes and social security contributions, renting homes, attending classes and making Malta home will suddenly become “prohibited persons” under Malta’s immigration laws. As bluntly highlighted by the Economy Minister, this will mean one thing: returns to home countries and, possibly, detention and deportation.

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#KeepingUpWithTheInterns – Hello!

Hey all, it’s Rimaz and Matthew! We are the new Human Rights Interns of aditus foundation, and we’re so happy to welcome you to #KeepingUpWithTheInterns

Together with being super honoured to be members of the aditus foundation family, we are really excited to kick-start a learning experience with aditus and with you! Yes that’s right! We are going to be updating you weekly about or experiences, things we are learning, and our personal views related to the human rights moments we’ll be living here at the aditus office.

So, how is this going to work? We’ll be updating you on a weekly basis…this is our first post, so many more to follow so stay tuned! Today’s blog post is an introduction of who we are. We hope you like our ‘Get To Know Us’ Q&A!

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No, normality has not been restored! – Times of Malta opinion piece

This is our Director’s opinion piece for Times of Malta, published on 13 February 2020.

Despite the radical developments in Malta over the past months, it cannot be said that normality has been restored. After weeks of taking to the streets, we at Aditus Foundation welcomed Joseph Muscat’s resignation and Prime Minister Robert Abela’s statements on governance reform.

Yet, it would be foolish to believe or act as if Malta’s institutional shortcomings have miraculously disappeared.

Our democracy is still extremely vulnerable and we are concerned that the gravest threats come from within.

Notwithstanding their shameful activities, Muscat and Konrad Mizzi remain members of Parliament. There, they are able to exercise authority and influence laws that govern every aspect of all our lives and that of our nation.

This is clearly unacceptable and no argument on their political right to those two seats will make us think otherwise.

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