aditus foundation was established as a human rights NGO working towards a society where all persons in Malta may enjoy all their fundamental human rights, and have access to remedies where necessary.
Within this general approach, our advocacy initiatives target areas where we feel legal or policy changes are necessary and where our contribution can make a difference. In all this, we work closely with several partners: governmental and non-governmental; national, European and international. On our homepage you can see a list of our membership within international and regional networks.
Through our Pro Bono Unit, we focus our energies and resources on the most vulnerable communities by offering information, empowerment support and interventions. Everyone is welcome to seek our assistance, and whilst we try to meet all demands we must prioritise those that are most urgent in terms of vulnerability, risk factors, and financial means.
A lot of our work is gathered within projects, also since most NGO funding opportunities tend to be project-oriented. However a very large percentage of our work is not contained within a project, but happens in response to current situations or due to advocacy targets that we feel are necessary to achieve.
How do we prioritise themes to work on? Every two years our team, in consultation with key partners, assesses the national situation in terms of what’s happening, upcoming challenges and opportunities, existing stakeholder presence, potential for impact, and resource requirements. It is in this discussion that we develop our Strategic Plan covering two years of operations.
This exercise also allows us to establish internal goals for our constant improvement in terms of efficiency and transparency.
Our mission calls us to monitor, report and act on access to human rights in Malta. Here we explain how we translate these action words into concrete activities and initiatives.
Observe and assess laws, policies and practices to evaluate their compliance with human rights standards.
- Visit closed and open migrant centres, prison and other sites;
- Dialogue with NGO partners and networks;
- Engage with our beneficiaries.
Follow the transposition and implementation of EU and international instruments.
Research and compile generic or specific human rights reports.
- Coordinate submissions to relevant bodies and mechanisms of the United Nations, Council of Europe and European Union;
- File transposition reports with EU Commission.
Conduct and publish national research.
Either provide information, advice and interventions in individual cases, or advocate on a broader scale with the relevant institutions.
- Campaign with national entities on individual cases or themes;
- Provide legal info or advice through our Pro Bono Unit.