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Disembarkation Finally! NGOs React to the Maltese Decision to authorize the 49 migrants stranded at sea for 19 days to enter the island.

January 10, 2019

 

We welcome Malta’s decision to allow the disembarkation of the 49 migrants rescued by NGO boats, most of whom spent 18 days at sea. Disembarkation will ensure that they are provided with safety, shelter, and care.

 

We also appreciate the solidarity expressed by other Member States and institutions of the European Union, in agreeing to share the responsibility of hosting the rescued migrants.

Such sharing of responsibilities is essential if the EU is to deal effectively with forced migration in a manner that is fair and respectful of fundamental human rights.

 

We underline the need to ensure that each and every one of the migrants is granted full access to asylum procedures so they will be able to get the protection that they need.

We sincerely hope that this will not happen again, and that respect for life and human dignity will remain at the heart of Malta’s approach towards refugees and migrants.

 

This statement is issued by the following organisations:

  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 Ġustizzja u Paċi

  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 Soċjali (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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