Push back attempt remains Human Rights Event highlight of 2013 - The People for Change Foundation
The year 2013 will remain known for the threatened pushbacks to Libya which was stopped by an interim measure of the European Court of Human Rights on July 9, 2013, as well as the incident involving the MV Salamis which was instructed by the Maltese and Italian authorities to return rescued migrants to Libya. Both incidents raised concerns regarding human rights and maritime migration, most notably relating to the principle of non-refoulement, according to a report by The People for Change Foundation.
The human rights think tank launched the Malta Human Rights Report 2013 which highlights key developments in the areas of migration, racism and children’s rights over the course of 2013.
Throughout the year, Malta’s policy of mandatory detention continued to come under severe criticism from various national and international entities, the report says. Most notably, the European Court of Human Rights found Malta to be in violation of the right to liberty. Of particular concern is the detention of children, a point that was raised by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in its review of Malta.
Efforts were made by various stakeholders with regards to the integration of migrants in Malta despite the lack of an integration policy for Malta. In the area of human trafficking, significant steps have been taken to combat this human rights violation, particularly through the implementation of the national Action Plan on Combating Trafficking in Persons
The report is the first of its kind and covers a year-long term of human rights events in the country. Despite highlighting a number of specific events and judgements, the report points at a number of issues that have been, and remain, ongoing; and demonstrates the need for a stronger and more comprehensive debate on human rights.
The Malta Human Rights Report is a new initiative of The People for Change Foundation. It aims to provide a snapshot of some of the most pertinent developments in the field of human rights in Malta, particularly those which are of direct relevance to the work undertaken by The People for Change Foundation. As a result, the report largely focuses on issues of migration and racism, as well as children’s rights.
The People for Change Foundation was set up with the express aim of contributing to a multilateral process between different entities, governmental, non-governmental and academic, to conduct research in an area of direct relevance to the livelihood and quality of life of asylum seekers, and to address human rights concerns through international and national legal obligations and development.