Malta: Save Libyan Civilians and Grant Asylum to Libyan Pilots
  • Petitioned Captain Jonathan Borg

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Aide-de-camp, President George Abela
Captain Jonathan Borg
Private Secretary, President George Abela
Richard Dimech
Diplomatic Advisor, President George Abela
Ambassador Dr Mario Costa
President George Abela
Secretary, President George Abela
Joseph Church
Communications Coordinator, President George Abela
Marica Mizzi
Senior Aide-de-camp, President George Abela
Captain Mark Mallia
Minister for Justice and Home Affairs
Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici
Head of the Secretariat, Minister of Justice
Thomas Cordina
Private Secretary, Minister of Justice
Fiona Vella
Communications, Minister of Justice
Darrell Pace
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
Mario Debattista
Director EU Affairs, Ministry of Justice
Josette Zerafa
Director Policy Development, Ministry of Justice
Joseph St. John
Director General Operations, Ministry of Justice
Mario Caruana
Chief Information Officer, Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs
Kevin Buhagiar
Director General Law Courts, Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs
Kevin Mahoney
Attorney General
Dr. Peter Grech
Organisation for the Integration and Welfare of Asylum Seekers Director
Alexander Tortell
Commissioner for Refugees
Mario Guido Friggieri
Head Justice Unit
Vanni Bruno

Malta: Save Libyan Civilians and Grant Asylum to Libyan Pilots

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      ENOUGH! Gaddafi

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September 2011

Victory

Victory! The two Libyan fighter pilots who defied orders from the Gaddafi regime to kill anti-government protesters during the revolution are finally able to return home after seeking protection in Malta.  

The pilots, Colonel Ali Faraj Alrabti and his colleague (still anonymous), escaped to Malta this past February after receiving orders to bomb a civilian village in Eastern Libya with their Mirage F1 Fighter jets.  Feigning cooperation, the pilots took off from the military base but promptly changed their course.  Flying a mere 250 feet off the ground to avoid radar detection, these brave pilots left Libya and flew north to Malta where they have been given refuge ever since.  With the fall of the Gaddafi regime, these pilots have been given a hero’s welcome in Tripoli by the new government, family and well-wishers.  

This joyous return follows a petition signed by over 38,000 on Change.org members which called on Malta's Commissioner for Refugees Mario Guido Friggieri to grant immediate asylum to the Libyan pilots and not deport them back to Libya where they would very likely face execution.  The petition was created by ENOUGH! Gaddafi, a voice of dissent against the Gaddafi regime, based on grassroots leadership to promote the ability of the Libyan people to overcome the limitations imposed upon them by an illegitimate and unjust government.

Thank you to the 38,000+ signers who helped bring these heroes home safely.  


For more information:

The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8772115/Libyan-fighter-pilots-who-fled-to-Malta-receive-heroes-welcome-in-Tripoli.html

The Times of Malta:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20110919/local/Defecting-pilots-get-heroes-welcome.385296

Monsters and Critics:
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1663634.php/Libyan-rebels-promise-Malta-distinguished-role

A few weeks ago two Libyan pilots allege that they were ordered to attack civilian protesters by Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. They faced an unimaginable choice: bomb their countrymen or face likely execution if they returned without carrying out the attacks.

They found a third option: They flew their planes dangerously low to avoid radar detection, flew out of Libya and defected to the nearby island nation of Malta. In doing so, they saved the lives of countless civilians they'd never met.

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But now Malta's Commissioner for Refugees Mario Guido Friggieri has refused to say if he will give these pilots asylum. If the pilots are sent back to Libya, they will likely be executed. Also, without hope of asylum many Libyan military personnel may be discouraged from refusing orders to kill civilians.

ENOUGH! is a new voice of dissent against the Gaddafi regime, based on grassroots leadership to promote the ability of the Libyan people to overcome the limitations imposed upon them by an illegitimate and unjust government.

We call on the Maltese government to grant asylum to these two pilots, which will save their lives and encourage more pilots and ship captains to refuse to attack civilians.

Please sign the petition now!

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    News

    1. Libyan Fighter Pilots Receive Heroes’ Welcome in Tripoli

      Victory! The two Libyan fighter pilots who defied orders from the Gaddafi regime to kill anti-government protesters during the revolution are finally able to return home after seeking protection in Malta.

      The pilots, Colonel Ali Faraj Alrabti and...

    2. The decision to grant asylum to the pilots who defected to Malta is “still being looked at”

    3. No asylum seekers from the Libyan conflict have seen their applications for asylum in Malta concluded

    4. An op-ed in the Malta Independent accuses the government of being on the wrong side of history in their response to Libya

    5. The UN has imposed a no fly zone over Libya

    6. it has been two weeks since a Maltese government official said, "It’s more a question of a few weeks or months."

    7. A ship full of Moroccan refugees is forced to refuel at international waters - begging the question if Malta and Italy are reticent to accept asylum seekers

    8. Libya tried to trade a captured Dutch helicopter crew for the two Mirage jets, Malta held firm, but still no word on asylum

    9. When British Secretary of State for Defence was interviewed on Maltese television, he was directly asked if the British government supported asylum for the two pilots

    10. Maltese President Gonzi say the EU should help Malta deal with asylum seekers from Libyan conflict

    11. Times of Malta reports: "Granting Libyan pilots asylum ‘would send strong message’"

    12. Signs from on the ground in Libya that other pilots are hesitant to follow though on their orders:
      "Reporters who visited the Ajdabiya depot described a large crater in the dirt; either the fighter pilots were terrible shots, or they had intended to miss their target."

    13. Malta Today: Activists recruit over 35,000 signatures from 88 countries demanding asylum for defecting pilots

    14. Malta news website DI-VE carries a story on the petition today

    15. Refugee Commissioner Mario Friggieri insists his silence is out of concern for the pilots' families

    16. Libyan Activists: Why We Are Calling on Malta to Help Save Libya

      Earlier this week a group of Libyan activists launched a petiton calling for Malta to grant asylum to two Libyan pilots who defected to the small island nation last Monday. Within 24 hours they had tens of thousands of signatures, more than 1,000...

    17. Times of Malta reports on this campaign's exceptional pace

    18. More air stikes today in the Libyan city of Brega

    19. Progress, but not a win yet:
      Malta Responds to Grassroots Campaign Demanding Asylum for Defecting Libyan Pilots

    20. Reached 30 signatures
    21. We are in a dialogue with Malta's Ministry of Justice, more updates later today

    22. Times of Malta: Gaddafi's forces bomb town of Ajdabiya on Wednesday morning:

    23. Reached 25 signatures
    24. Malta Prime Minister: The pilots' claim that they had flown to Malta after having been ordered to bomb Benghazi has credence

    25. Reached 20 signatures

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    • Dana Pearl EVANSTON, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      Do the right thing and protect those who refuse to murder innocent people!

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    • Diamond Moore NEWARK, DE
      • about 3 years ago
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    • Maureen Baker RALEIGH, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      This was a very brave act!! These men should be honored and not sent back to their homeland where the would surely face death!!

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    • Aranza Munoz DULWICH HILL, AUSTRALIA
      • over 3 years ago

      Deportment to danger: inconvinient truth.

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    • Colin Bentley BANGOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      I urge you to allow these Libyan heroes of humanity, who have done something that very few people in their position would do (Zimbardo 1973), to have asylum in your country. It is surprising that you even consider not granting them this. I'am sure they would have a very constructive and useful input to your nation.

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