The Malta Refugee Council, a network of Maltese non-governmental organisations working on human rights and refugee issues, was launched on World Refugee Day, 20 June.
“Our mission is to advocate for legislation, policies and practices that are in accordance with Malta’s obligations and also best practices in this sector", their statement reads. "On World Refugee Day we are called upon to consider the plight of persons forced out of their homes. ... We seek to foster an environment that welcomes refugees in a manner that is respectful and inclusive. Our shared experiences will guide us towards identifying those areas where Malta’s practice ought to be improved, as well as those where it may be promoted as exemplary."
"Furthermore, we are keen to urge increased support to Malta by other EU Member States and the EU Institutions."
The council will engage through policy papers on key issues, press statements and other public interventions, as well as advocacy meetings with stakeholders.
Membership in the Malta Refugee Council is open to any Maltese NGO with a focus on refugee rights. At present, the members of the Council are the Aditus foundation, the African Media Association, Blue Door English, Integra Foundation, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRC), KOPIN, Migrant Women Association, SOS Malta, and Spark15.
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