The Equality Commission has expressed ‘serious concern’ after three police officers were charged with abducting and assaulting foreign nationals.
The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) said the alleged victims appear to have been chosen based on their skin color and nationality.
He said all cases of racism, discrimination and intolerance are an affront to a democratic society and must be treated with the utmost seriousness.
The NCPE commended the police force for taking immediate action after receiving reports of such abuses and acknowledged the reforms undertaken to prevent and address such serious misconduct.
“These incidents are not only deplorable in themselves, but they also tarnish the reputation of the police as a whole,” said the NCPE, which called on all public institutions to audit their structures in order to identify systemic racism and to take the necessary measures. ensure that all social groups in Malta are considered and treated equally as valued members of society.
The commission said cases of violent racism, wherever they occur, are never isolated incidents but always linked to a context of social inequality and normalized hateful behavior.
“People in the public sphere have a responsibility to promote the values of equality and social inclusion and to refrain from propagating hostility towards groups based on their nationality or the color of their skin,” he said. said the NCPE.
Three young police officers were accused of abducting foreign nationals, taking them to a secluded field and beating them.
Rica Mifsud Grech, 22, Jurgen Falzon, 24, and Luca Brincat, 20, have been charged with kidnapping, grievous bodily harm and outrages upon human dignity.
All three pleaded not guilty.
The crimes were reported by fellow officers and the force took immediate action to investigate and prosecute the three officers.
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