MGRM and aditus wish to issue a statement with respect to the sentence decided in court today, where a trans person was assaulted on his place of work by a restaurant owner. We will, first of all, condemn the free-for-all attitude where a restaurant owner feels he can physically assault a patron who gets in touch in order to complain for not having been served adequately.
Also importantly, we would like to clarify that unlike certain early reports in the media, the victim is a trans man, using the pronouns he/him. We would also like to emphasise that both the victim and a witness stated that the aggressor insulted the victim during the assault, telling him that he was “not a real man, but a woman”.
NGO Statement on the murder of Lassibe Souleymane
We are deeply saddened by news of the death of Lassibe 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:
- aditus foundation
- African Media Association Malta
- Allied Rainbow Communities (arc)
- Blue Door English
- The Critical Institute
- Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning, University of Malta
- Drachma LGBTI
- Drachma Parents
- Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants
- Integra Foundation
- International Association for Refugees
- Isles of the Left
- Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta)
- LGBTI Plus Gozo
- Malta Emigrants’ Commission
- Malta Humanist Association
- Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement
- Men Against Violence
- Moviment Graffitti
- National Foster Care Association Malta
- Richmond Foundation
- Solidarity with Migrants
- SOS Malta
- Sudanese Community Malta
- Victim Support Malta
- Women’s Rights Foundation