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We express solidarity and deep sorrow - Joint NGO Statement on the murder of Lassine Souleymane

April 10, 2019


We express solidarity and deep sorrow - Joint NGO Statement on the murder of Lassine Souleymane

We are deeply saddened by news of the death of Lassine Souleymane, brutally shot in Ħal Far over the weekend. We also wish all the very best to the two other victims of the shooting, and hope they recover without permanent or serious damage. Whatever the actual reasons for this terrible incident, it affects not only the three victims but the entire migrant community in creating a sense of fear, lack of security and isolation. It also affects us all, a nation jolted by an appalling act of violence.

As we eagerly await the outcome of the investigations, we urge Malta’s highest authorities to unequivocally condemn all forms of violence – whatever their motivation. We caution that, should it emerge that this was in fact a racially-motivated incident, Malta would be called upon to face far more than an act of assault, but far graver crime aimed at instilling terror in entire communities. Secondly, we expect the Malta Police Force to step up: commit all necessary resources to bring the perpetrators to justice; ensure the survivors are treated as victims of crime and guaranteed all the support and protection they need.

Importantly we underline the need to comfort and express solidarity with all residents of Ħal Far, assuring that all will be done to restore good order and security for the locality’s communities.

Statement endorsed by the following organisations:

1. aditus foundation
2. African Media Association Malta
3. Allied Rainbow Communities (arc)
4. Blue Door English
5. The Critical Institute
6. Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning, University of Malta
7. Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants
8. Integra Foundation 
9. International Association for Refugees
10. Isles of the Left
11. Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta)
12. LGBTI Plus Gozo
13. Malta Emigrants’ Commission
14. Malta Humanist Association
15. Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement
16. Men Against Violence 
17. Moviment Graffitti
18. National Foster Care Association Malta
19. Richmond Foundation
20. Solidarity with Migrants
21. SOS Malta
22. Spark15
23. Victim Support Malta
24. Women’s Rights Foundation

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