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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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During a rally on Sunday, March 30, for Malta’s Freedom Day, which marks the country’s independence from British rule, Malta’s prime minister made a significant pledge: he committed to end the detention of migrant children. Malta — a key entrance point…
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Statement Delivered Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Universal Periodic Review of Malta which addressed a range of concerns, including immigration, rescue at sea, and detention of asylum seekers and children. Automatic Immigration Detention Without Adequate Safeguards Human…
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Thanks to a ruling on December 13 from the European Court of Human Rights, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily detained in Malta each year may finally have a way to challenge their imprisonment. Growing numbers of migrants and asylum…
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This week kicks off one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Millions will set out for Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates how refugees from religious persecution found freedom in a new land. I’ll be one of those traveling. And while I’m looking…
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To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, and Observer States of Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Togo

Your Excellency, We are writing to you to ask your delegation to urgently consider calling for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights of migrants at sea. The devastating event in Lampedusa speaks for itself, and warrants a…
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 (All updates are in bold) I. Summary and Background Malta places virtually all migrants who arrive by boat without permission, or “irregularly,” in detention, regardless of the fact that many are fleeing violence or persecution. Though under…
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Over more than ten years of research in Europe and beyond, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented serious violations of children’s rights arising from immigration detention of children.[i] Children may be arbitrarily detained, held in cells with…
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Malta should revise its immigration laws in keeping with the recent decisions 'Suso Musa v. Malta' and 'Aden Ahmed v. Malta'

H.E. Mr. Joseph Muscat Prime Minister of Malta Office of the Prime Minister, Auberge de Castille Valletta VLT 2000 Malta   2 August 2013   Dear Prime Minister, We write to urge you to revise Malta’s immigration laws in keeping with the recent European…
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Kelile T. fled Ethiopia when he was 17, crossing the Mediterranean in search of refuge. When he arrived in Malta, he was detained and was taken to the Safi immigration detention facility. During nine months in detention, his mental health declined and he…
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A typical child wants to be seen as an adult. Unfortunately, some children who seek asylum in the European Union (EU) through the tiny island nation of Malta find themselves with the opposite problem: needing to prove they are children. Children who…
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The EU can – and should – help unaccompanied migrant children far more than it does.

I first met Labaan, an 18-year-old Somali boy with a slight figure and a well-styled mohawk, this February, in Malta. Labaan left Somalia when he was 15, shortly after his father was killed. He travelled north by himself, taking months to make his way…
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Government Should Stop Detaining Unaccompanied Children, End Blanket Detention

(Valletta) – Malta’s policy of mandatory detention for migrants arriving by sea results in prolonged detention of unaccompanied children and other abuses of migrants’ rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Maltese government…
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 I left Côte d’Ivoire at 16. My family was

 persecuted, there was violence and war. I went through Niger, Mali, and to

 Libya, in trucks. Then from Libya to Malta by boat….…
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The government of Malta has a policy of automatically detaining migrant children who make the journey from Africa to Europe alone. These children are held in detention centers along with adults, in violation of international law. Human Rights Watch's…
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POLICY PARALYSIS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON HIV/AIDS-RELATED
 HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN AFRICA      SUMMARY II. ABUSES
 OF WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT FUEL HIV/AIDS.. HIV/AIDS and
 Abuse of Girls Risks to
 Women and Girls in…