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"People are more important." Join Press release for the disembarkation of migrants stranded at sea for 19 days. Watch the video

January 9, 2019

We are appalled beyond words that, after 18 days of negotiations, 49 men, women and children remain stuck on a boat within sight of the Maltese shore.

In spite of countless calls for solidarity, European Member States have not managed to find a diplomatic solution to the current impasse.

 

This is nothing short of tragic and shameful.  It can only mean that we have completely lost our humanity – as a people and a union of states that supposedly upholds the values of solidarity, respect for human rights and human dignity.

 

We acknowledge the complex issues this situation raises, and agree that it is a European challenge requiring a European solution. However, this cannot be an excuse to abdicate our own responsibility, as individuals and as a nation, to save lives at any cost.

The duty to save lives is not only a legal but also a moral imperative which can never be subjected to political conditions, such as the availability of concrete offers of relocation or the fear of creating a precedent.

 

At this point, the question we must answer is simple: what is more important, scoring political points, or saving lives?

For us, the undersigned organisations, there can be only one answer: people are more important.

Today we are here to take a stand for life and dignity. We call on Malta to prioritize life and open its doors today.

Statement endorsed by the following NGOs:

  1. aditus foundation

  2. African Media Association Malta

  3. agara foundation

  4. Allejanza kontra il-Faqar

  5. Allied Rainbow Communities

  6. Art4Life

  7. Caritas Malta  

  8. Catholic Voices

  9. Christian Life Community (CLC) Malta

  10. Creative Arts Therapies Society (CATS)

  11. Dar Merħba Bik

  12. Dar tal-Providenza

  13. Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning, University of Malta

  14. Department of Gender Studies, University of Malta

  15. Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Malta

  16. Department of Youth and Community Studies, University of Malta

  17. Drachma LGBT

  18. Drachma Parents

  19. Fondazzjoni Ejjew Għandi

  20. Foundation for Shelter and Support of Migrants (FSM)

  21. Integra Foundation

  22. International Association for Refugees

  23. Isles of the Left

  24. Jesuit Refugee Service Malta

  25. Kopin

  26. Kummissjoni Gustizzja u Paci

  27. Kunsill Studenti Universitarji

  28. LGBTI+ Gozo

  29. Malta Association for the Counselling Profession

  30. Malta Catholic Youth Network

  31. Malta Chamber of Psychologists

  32. Malta Emigrants’ Commission

  33. Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement 

  34. Maltese Association of Psychiatry

  35. Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW)

  36. Men Against Violence

  37. Migrants Women’s Association Malta (MWAM)

  38. Moviment Graffiti

  39. National Foster Care Association

  40. OASI Foundation

  41. Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Wellbeing, University of Malta

  42. Paulo Freire Institute

  43. Peace and Good Foundation

  44. People for Change Foundation

  45. Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta

  46. PRISMS

  47. Richmond Foundation

  48. Salesians of Don Bosco

  49. Segretarjat Assistenza Soċjali tal-Azzjoni Kattolika Malta

  50. Society of Jesus in Malta

  51. Solidarity with Migrants Group

  52. SOS Malta

  53. Spark 15

  54. St Jeanne Antide Foundation

  55. St Vincent de Paule Society

  56. Studenti Ħarsien Socjali (SHS)

  57. The Critical Institute

  58. Troupe 18:45

  59. University of Malta Chaplaincy

  60. Victim Support Malta

  61. Women’s Rights Foundation

  62. Youth Alive Foundation

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

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