PR: UNHCR deeply perturbed that murder of Lassana Cisse was racially motivated


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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Malta commends the work of the police force for its investigation and apprehension of the alleged perpetrators in the case of the murder of Lassana Cisse Souleymane, the injuring of two other victims in the same attack and the hit-and-run incident on the same road last February.

UNHCR is deeply perturbed by the news reports confirming that the murder was in fact racially motivated.

The Armed Forces of Malta has rescued and continues to save the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants at sea. A thorough investigation and review is required to root out any rogue elements within the AFM. We stand ready to engage with the local authorities on this issue.

Kahin Ismail, UNHCR Representative to Malta said: “It is a relief for refugees and migrants living in the locality as well as the for the community that the alleged culprits are arrested. We appreciate Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Minister Michael Farrugia for reminding the public that hate has no place in Malta, and hope that maximum efforts will be made to combat racism, xenophobia, and discrimination.”