Important Information!
⚫ 4th Anniversary of the Racially Motivated Murder of Lassana Cisse ⚫
🩸 On April 6th, 2019, Lassana Cisse, a 42-year-old man from the Ivory Coast, was shot and killed in Birżebbuġa, Malta, in a racially motivated attack, where two other victims Ibrahim Bah and Mohammed Jallow were also left for dead. The two suspects were identified as off-duty Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) soldiers, who allegedly targeted the victims because of their skin colour. Just a few months before, the same two perpetrators deliberately ran over May Malimi, a young man from Chad, whilst he was also walking in Birżebbuġa. Four years on and Lassana’s family and the other 3 victims are still waiting for the excruciatingly slow wheels of justice to turn, whilst the suspects are out on bail.
⚠️ This heinous act was intended to terrorise and instil fear within the black migrant community. The self-confidence of the two suspects was fueled by years of political rhetoric and inhumane immigration policies that suggested that migrants of colour and black migrants may be treated as inferior people. For far too long, political discourse and punishing policies have fanned the flames of racial prejudice, while others have condoned such discrimination through their deafening silence.
❗The Government needs to stress that racism and prejudice will not be tolerated. Only then can we start to see real change in the public and private sectors. The Government must demonstrate its commitment to ensuring that justice is served and that such acts of racial violence will not go unpunished. Words are simply not enough! Whilst the launch of the anti-racism strategy is a step in the right direction, real change requires a transparent review of all structures, policies and social norms, and a concerted effort to address systemic racism at its roots.
📝 aditus has compiled a timeline of the known instances of institutional neglect and racialised violence that records Malta’s long and shameful history in its treatment of migrants and asylum-seekers that have reached our shores since 2002.
👇 This shocking and shameful timeline speaks for itself 👇
🔴 The killing of Lassana is a tragic reminder that we must continue to fight against all forms of racism and bigotry. We stand in solidarity with the family and friends of Lassana, the other 3 victims, and all those who have been affected by racial violence.
🇲🇹 Aqra l-istqarrija bil-Malti:
1. aditus foundation
2. African Media Association Malta
3. Alleanza Kontra l-Faqar
4. Allied Rainbow Communities
5. Anti-Poverty Forum
6. Black Lives Matter Malta
7. Blue Door English
8. Caritas Malta
9. Dance Beyond Borders
10. Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
11. Dar Hosea
12. Dar tal-Providenza
13. Good Shepherd Sisters – Dar Merhba Bik Foundation
14. Humanists Malta
15. Integra Foundation
16. JRS Malta
17. Kopin
18. Kummissjoni Ġustizzja u Paċi
19. Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ
20. Malta House of Prayer Foundation
21. Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement
22. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Former President of Malta
23. Men against Violence
24. Migrant Women Association Malta
25. Migrants Commission
26. Millenium Chapel
27. Moviment Graffitti
28. OASI Foundation
29. Office of the Dean Faculty for Social Wellbeing
30. Office of the Dean Faculty of Education
31. Paulo Freire Institute Foundation
32. PEN Malta
33. People for Change Foundation
34. Repubblika
35. SAR Malta Network
36. SKOP
37. Social Assistance Secretariat
38. SOS Malta
39. The Critical Institute
40. The Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW)
41. Victim Support Malta
42. Women’s Rights Foundation
43. YMCA
44. Young Progressive Beings