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NCPE condemns attack on girl in Hamrun

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality condemns the violent attack on 16-year old lesbian girl in Hamrun.

23 January 2012, 12:00am
MGRM launched an anti-bullying campaign last year.
MGRM launched an anti-bullying campaign last year.
The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) condemned the violent incident that occurred on Friday in Hamrun on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

On Friday a 16-year-old lesbian and her girlfriend were attacked by two young men in Ħamrun. The girl was apparently attacked of her sexual orientation.

The commission said "A qualitative study conducted by NCPE, as part of an EU co-funded project VS/2010/0569 - Think Equal, reiterates that being with a same-sex partner and expressing affection in public exposed respondents to unwarranted attention and harassment.  In light of this, NCPE denounces any form of discrimination, harassment or violence and calls for the respect of diversity in society at large to enhance the well-being and inclusion of everyone irrespectively."

The act of violence was also condemned by The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM),  human rights organisation Aditus and The Drachma Parents' Group, a support group for parents and relatives of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans.

The organisations urged on authorities to extend the current hate crime legislation to include the grounds of homophobia and transphobia.

Gabi Calleja, coordinator of the MGRM said "This is a shocking act of violence that continues to affirm the dangers that the LGBT community faces in coming out."

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shaun axiaq
Morality Begins with Tolerance - why 2 people kissing should offend boggles my mind - rather than punish - educate - that is where the real victory lies - confrontation with the truth does not necessarily imply punishment as long as the result is self-evident
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Joseph Xuereb
Gay u mhux Gay ,x'ghandhu x'jaqsam? Il-vjolenza tigi kkundannat fuq kull min issir. Kulhadd irid jiehu dak li haqqqu/a. Anke kekk issir fuq kull tip ta hlejqa ohra. Il-vjolenza dejjem hazina issir fuq min issir. L-importanti , li min igarrab il-vjolenza ghandu jaghmel rapport l-ghassa u jinsisti li tittella l-qorti halli ssir gustizzja. N.B. importanti li jkollom rapport mil -klinika ta tabib, dejjem ghandu jintalab certifikat ta-tabib. Il-hdura u l-mibgheda li ghandhom certu min nies jaraw ma min ser jinfexxu- miniex qed nirreferi ghal dan il-kaz, ghax jien ma kontx hemm. Pero kullhadd ghandu ghajnejh f'wiccu . Din qed issir problema socjali u b'hal dawn isiru spissi ghalkemm ma jixxandrux.
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