Maltese NGOs at the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review’s Pre-Session

On 12 October aditus foundation, Kunsill Nazzjonali Żgħażagħ, The Malta Independent on Sunday editor David Lindsay attended the UPR pre-session on Malta to give their feedback and recommendations on the state of human rights in Malta as they stand. The UPR pre-sessions are attended by States’ missions to the United Nations, based in Geneva, with a view to gathering information in preparation for the upcoming review of a State’s human rights performance. Malta’s review is set for 14 November 2018…we’ll be … read more


Appeal to establish a public inquiry into the assassination of Ms. Daphne Caruana Galizia

Dear Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, I write to you on behalf of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and 22 organisations (listed below) representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists concerning Malta’s response to the assassination of journalist Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia. Following her murder on 16 October 2017, the Maltese authorities initiated criminal proceedings against the men who allegedly detonated the bomb that killed Ms Caruana Galizia and a parallel magisterial inquiry into whether others should … read more


The Minister needs to confirm that Malta is still a safe and functioning democracy. NGO Statement on recent Ministerial actions on the ‘Daphne Memorial’

The actions of the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government in relation to the ‘Daphne Memorial’ in Valletta are utterly shameful and reprehensible. They represent an unequivocal repression of free and peaceful political and personal expression. These are fundamental human rights boldly enshrined in Malta’s Constitution and part of the human rights regime Malta so proudly subscribes to. The Government’s, or the Minister’s, opinions of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia should play absolutely no part in its relationship with … read more


“You cannot call for the national unity you all demolished!”

NGO Statement on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia We are extremely distressed at the national situation that has led to, permitted or even encouraged the brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Monday’s abominable act was not committed in a social or political vacuum but as a result of the culture of hatred, division, bigotry and opportunism that successive Maltese Governments and Parliaments have fuelled and thrived on. The concerns we expressed earlier this year (The nation deserves better, and … read more


#maltaunderthreat as activist blogger is brutally assassinated: joint NGO statement

MGRM, aditus Foundation, Integra Foundation, the Critical Institute and the Platform of Human Rights Organisation in Malta extend their condolences to the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia and express their concern at the threat to freedom of speech that her violent murder poses. We urge the government to ensure that law enforcement are adequately resourced to conduct the necessary investigations and to do all in their power to bring those responsible to justice. Given that it has been reported that in … read more