Human Rights are not disposables


Human Rights are an essential cornerstone of democratic society. They are an integral and indispensable element of our democratic landscape. They are not disposable. We cannot do without them.

Being a savage blow struck against human rights, Joseph Muscat’s pushback of immigrants to Libya hence strikes at the very core of our democratic credentials.

During Malta’s short 50 year history as a democratic state we have had more than our fair share of political bullies who considered that human rights were shackling their political manoeuvres. We surely do not need any more.

The migration problem is certainly much greater than Malta can possibly handle on its own. Financial assistance from the EU has always been welcome but this can only be a small part of the solution. There are other  essential elements which have to be tackled.

Many EU member states have been reluctant to assist in the resettlement of these refugees. The EU institutions have not been forceful enough in translating solidarity declarations into practical initiatives. Pilot projects, now discontinued, are certainly not enough.

The root causes of the displacement of hundreds of thousands must be appropriately addressed. These include political instability, dictatorial governments and Climate Change impacts. The EU, on its own as well as in conjunction with regional and global institutions could do much more than has been done to date.

On a local level we need to move on from rhetoric to practical political action to tackle this issue of national importance. There is room for close political cooperation between the three political parties. This however must be based on an unconditional respect of human rights. It is the only way to combat the spectre of racism in Malta.

Common sense, solidarity and an end to the culture of indifference should be the foundation stones of a national strategy on immigration. It is the only way forward.

Jum iswed għal Malta


Il-bieraħ kien jum iswed għal Malta. Il-bieraħ il-Gvern immexxi minn Joseph Muscat wera li d-drittijiet tal-bniedem għalih huma materja sekondarja. Il-push-back tal-immigranti lura lejn il-Libja li Joseph Muscat ried jagħmel kien żball kbir.

Anke jekk kienet gimmick ikkalkulata biex triegħed l-istituzzjonijiet din il-mossa ta’ Joseph Muscat wriet li ma hemmx apprezzament  tad-drittijiet tal-bniedem fost il-membri tal-Gvern immexxi minn Joseph Muscat, bih b’kollox.

Id-drittijiet tal-bniedem ma tiċċajtax bihom. Id-drittijiet tal-bniedem huma ta’ kull bniedem lil hinn minn razza jew kulur tal-ġilda u Joseph Muscat u l-Gvern tiegħu m’għandhomx dritt jilgħabu bihom. Imma hekk għamlu.

Fl-ewwel okkazjoni serja li kellu, Joseph Muscat wera li hu bniedem li l-valuri ta’ soċjeta’ demokratika, għalih u għall-Gvern tiegħu m’għandhomx daqstant relevanza.

Kien jum li fih il-Gvern ta’ Joseph Muscat rema’ l-baħar ir-reputazzjoni ta’ Malta bħala pajjiż fejn nirrispettaw il-liġijiet u d-doveri internazzjonali tagħna.

Joseph Muscat qal li hu jerfa’ r-responsabbilta’ kollha. Hu żbaljat, għax ir-responsabbilta’ ser tintrefa miċ-ċittadini kollha ta’ dan il-pajjiż għax pajjiżna (sfortunatament) minn issa l-quddiem ser ikun meqjus bħal wieħed li ma tistax tafdah. Pajjiż li ma tafx fejn inti miegħu. Pajjiż li fih id-drittijiet tiegħek ma jirriżultawx mil-liġi iżda mill-burdata tal-Gvern.

Għad irridu nħallsu biz-zalza għal dan il-jum u l-iżball kbir li għamel Joseph Muscat. Żball li m’hux ser jitħassar b’gomma.