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JOINT NGO reaction to comments made by the Guardian of Future Generations
The undersigned non-governmental organisations strongly condemn the racist
comments by Mr. Maurice Mizzi, nominated as Guardian of Future Generations by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
According to Government’s mission statement, Mr. Mizzi’s role is to “endeavour to facilitate closer collaboration between all stakeholders in the pursuit of the right balance between socio-economic development and environmental stewardship in the Maltese Islands”.
Finding a balance between socio-economic development and environmental
stewardship is achievable by fostering inclusion, and certainly not by condemning difference, or singling out any particular religious belief. Mr. Mizzi seems to forget the responsibility that comes with his role and the essential point that the most important factor to achieve development and guarantee future generations is peace.
We, the undersigned, firmly believe that peace relies wholly on acceptance and inclusion; this means that people are entitled to have their own religious beliefs, or no religious beliefs at all. Singling out one religious belief as impeding development is untrue. It foments hate, something we can ill afford to increase in our small country because it only leads to violence, death and destruction, as very recent incidents in Malta have shown.
We remind Mr. Mizzi that migrants are generally fleeing from war, socio-political persecution and economic hardship, often induced by interests beyond their countries’ borders. Mr. Mizzi’s declaration contradicts the Prime Minister’s statement about the need for more workers, irrespective of religion, origin or colour.
Finally we remind Mr. Mizzi that it is his role to ensure that no person’s work is
exploited in the name of socio-economic development, and protecting our
environment from over-exploitation is part of his job.
The undersigned do not tolerate any form of racist discourse. There can be no space for this kind of ideology or language in our country.
In the light of such racist declarations, we demand his immediate resignation or removal by the Prime Minister as his position is no longer tenable.
26 May 2019
This statement is endorsed by:
1. aditus foundation
2. African Media Association
3. Allied Rainbow Communities
4. Cross Culture International Foundation
5. Department of Gender Studies (University of Malta)
6. Eritrean Refugees community Association in Malta
7. Fondazzjoni Sebħ
8. Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants
9. Integra Foundation
10. International Assoc