UPDATED/Liberal and progressive only with gay MEN – not so liberal and progressive with others

Published: January 11, 2017 at 5:08pm

UPDATED WITH REPLY FROM NEIL FALZON, DIRECTOR OF ADITUS, BELOW:

Dear Daphne,

A number of assertions made in this post are incorrect and unfair in the way they describe the values and activities of Aditus Foundation. 

In your post you say that we championed the Prime Minister’s election to power, which we feel is an extremely serious allegation to make as it attributes a political motive to activities of a non-governmental organisation committed to promoting the respect for human rights.

Our activities speak loudly against this allegation. All our efforts at advocating for a better human rights environment for all persons in Malta are blind to political considerations, evident in the dedication, strength and commitment we put into whatever cause we are fighting for: LGBTIQ rights, migrant detention, pushbacks, trans inmates, integration, racism, etc.

A human rights victory, as was the adoption of civil unions legislation, is a celebration of the victory and not of the promoter. Whilst we celebrated this victory, we also loudly called – and continue to call – for the government to be as brave with refugees and migrants as it has been with the LGBTIQ community.

It is in this light that we choose to read your comment, rather than a criticism of our work. We share your frustration that Malta’s commitment to LGBTIQ rights remains unmatched in its treatment of migrants and refugees. That is clear, and whilst it will not stop us from celebrating victories, it is what drives us to continue the difficult task of standing up for the ignored, giving a voice to the side-lined, and restoring dignity to the abused.

This is something I had written for the Times of Malta last November.

Best regards,

Neil

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The good people at Aditus, the human rights organisation, have just taken the Prime Minister to task for his speech today in which he spoke about securing Europe’s borders against the world’s most vulnerable and desperate people – as distinct from terrorists or potential terrorists.

But the good people at Aditus were among those who championed Muscat’s election to power and celebrated him for legislation on same-sex marriage – which, incidentally, was driven all through by propaganda featuring and focussing on solely gay men, with lesbians left out of the equation completely. When did you ever see a lesbian couple in the Labour Party’s propaganda? That’s right. Never.

Aditus’s job is to protect the rights of ultra-vulnerable immigrants. That was in direct conflict with support for Joseph Muscat, who showed right from the outset, before his election, that he was gunning for the racist vote and that his party is anti-black. Not anti-immigrant, because they love immigrants who buy passports, pay for residence visas, and drop large amounts of cash on them, of which there are thousands, and they have no objection, either, to the large armies of third-country nationals who Labour Party donors and cronies employ in their quarries, on their construction sites, in their factories, workshops, homes and restaurants.

Now, because they wanted same-sex marriage, Aditus are having to deal with the vast number of problems created by Muscat’s racist policies, including the refusal to give citizenship to children born in Malta to protected immigrants.

Those who voted for Muscat to get same-sex marriage should understand that the rights of the vulnerable, of minorities, are inseparable from each other. The political party which champions gay men (but not gay women) and yet bullies vulnerable, stateless African immigrants is NOT progressive and liberal. It is dangerous.

And another thing: The Prime Minister should never be addressed as ‘dear’, even if he were endearing. It should be simply ‘Prime Minister’, even if he were not such a bad man, which he is.




  • Antoine Vella

    We should also be asking the Prime Minister how come we haven’t had any ‘boat people’ for the past two years or so. New arrivals have increased enormously in Italy but have practically ceased in Malta. It can’t be a coincidence.

    • Ganni Muscat

      I was under the impression that there was an agreement with Italy to take any boats with asylum seekers in Malta’s waters?

      • La Redoute

        That there’s an agreement is self-evident. What we don’t know is what Muscat gave away behind our backs.

      • James Vella Clark

        Probably, rights to drill for oil in our waters. What else could tiny Malta offer Italy?

  • Gejtu Bongailas

    Hasn’t Helena Dalli, the Minister for Equality, said anything? Perhaps she was still thinking about new government jobs for her sons and their fiancees.

    • Ramon Garcia

      Helena Dalli is a great Minister for those animals who are more equal than other animals.

  • observer

    I have a faint suspicion that Muscat is now focusing on anti-migration measures because his erstwhile comrade, Matteo Renzi, is no longer in power.

    You will remember that, somehow, for the last two years it was the Italians who picked up and saved so many thousands of immigrants and carried them to Italian ports whilst the Maltese shores were bypassed.

    There were no such admonitions or suggestions back then – at least not so emphatic. Were the conjectures that Muscat and Renzi had done a quid-pro quo on the matter based on fact?

  • Betty

    The EU should work unstintingly, change their present attitude and work out a visionary plan for the next 20 years tackle this situation with true solidarity and for the future of our children.

    Finding excuses to avoid properly solving the issue by promoting security as first priority and the dirty bribing of countries like Turkey or Libya, will not stop desperate migrants to seek survival anyway.

    Schoolyard bullies like Joseph Muscat have a lot to learn. This is what Prince Charles had to say so eloquently in his Thought of the Day on BBC 4 this last Christmas and I quote only this small part :-

    “It would be a crime against decency and our humanity to do nothing to help the refugees fleeing violence in North Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world. In many cases, our obligation to help goes beyond the obligation of shared humanity; in many cases, our own actions and policies have created the crisesthat created refugees.”

    HRH also says that “The obligation to help is absolute, not contingent on the worthiness of those we help”.

    Article 18 of the Charter ofFundamental right of the EU which is the right of seeking asylum is available to any person.

    We all hoped that Joseph Muscat will not shame Malta again by shooting from the hip but it seems he has learnt nothing from his stupid pushback stance when he got elected and the eventual shameful swallowing of his words and retreat from his unlawful planned actions.

  • callixtus

    There’s not much to choose between the two. Both are Putin’s stooges. Emanuel Macron is closing the gap. If the socialists had any sense they should dump Valls and concentrate on Macron.

  • callixtus

    It’s rather too late for that.

  • C. Colins

    No, it was Carmelo Abela, the Interior Affairs Minister.

  • No, the perception is a natural conclusion drawn from the fact that lesbians are completely absent from government propaganda and marketing collateral, and that they were completely absent from the Labour Party campaign for the 2013 general election.

    The only lesbian we ever saw linked to Labour was Gabi Calleja, and she was there only because she headed a lobby group. But I always got the impression, from photographs and video footage of her encounters with Muscat, that he would rather not have been encountering her at all.

  • Of course there are not fewer lesbians than there are gay men. It’s just that lesbians, being women, don’t like making scenes in politics or hogging the limelight. And they don’t have a network in the same way that gay men do, because women in general are not into clubbiness.

    • Joe Grima

      I often wondered why there weren’t more people like Gabi Calleja in the arena – without going into the merits of her political affiliation – but maybe the fact that women shy away from the cameras and public arenas doesn’t help. It doesn’t need to be that way though of course – it just highlights how our society disempowers women.