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.

This statement is endorsed by:

  1. aditus foundation
  2. African Media Association
  3. Allied Rainbow Communities
  4. Caritas Malta
  5. Catholic Voices
  6. Core Platform Malta
  7. Cross Culture International Foundation
  8. Department of Gender Studies (University of Malta)
  9. Drachma LGBTI
  10. Drachma Parents Group
  11. Eritrean Refugees community Association in Malta
  12. Fondazzjoni Sebħ
  13. Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants
  14. Integra Foundation
  15. International Association for Refugees
  16. JRS Malta
  17. KOPIN
  18. Malta Emigrants Commission
  19. Malta Humanist Association
  20. Migrant Women Association Malta
  21. Moviment Graffitti
  22. National Foster Care Association Malta
  23. People for Change Foundation
  24. Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta
  25. Repubblika
  26. Richmond Foundation
  27. Solidarity with Migrants Group
  28. SOS Malta
  29. Spark15
  30. St. Jeanne Antide Foundation (SJAF)
  31. Sudanese Migrants Association
  32. The Critical Institute
  33. Troupe 18:45
  34. Victim Support Malta
  35. Dr. Michelle Attard Tonna
  36. Dr. Charles Bonello
  37. Dr. Colin Calleja
  38. Ms. Louise Chircop
  39. Professor Adrian-Mamo Gellel
  40. Professor Peter Mayo
  41. Professor Duncan Paul Mercieca
  42. Dr. Francois Mifsud
  43. Dr. Josephine Milton
  44. Professor Paul Pace
  45. Dr. Elena Tanti Burlo
  46. Ms. Jacqueline Zammit