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PACE rapporteur, reacting to Italy killing, urges parties to step up efforts against racism

Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL)

“The news of the shockingly brutal killing of a Nigerian man in broad daylight in an Italian town is heart-breaking and deeply concerning, but not surprising,” said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), PACE rapporteur on the role of political parties in fostering diversity and inclusion. “This is only the latest of an endless series of attacks on people of African descent in Europe.”

He added: “While the racist motive is not always declared and is often overlooked, there is no doubt that historically-rooted prejudice and years of scapegoating and stigmatisation, in public and political discourse, of Black people and people with a foreign or migratory background have contributed to the rise in violence and hate crime. I call on Italian law enforcement and the judiciary to investigate the circumstances and motives of this crime thoroughly.”

“It is everyone’s duty to firmly oppose racism and intolerance, but those who are active in politics have a particular influence, and the responsibility attached to it. Therefore, I urge political parties, their leaders and all members to engage in the battle against racism and hate speech. I call on them to do so by signing and enforcing the Charter of European political parties for a non-racist and inclusive society, endorsed by PACE in June this year,” he said.

“It is time for all political actors, as indicated in the Charter, to renew their commitment to ‘Defend basic human rights and democratic principles and reject all forms of racism and intolerance, hate speech, incitement to racial hatred and harassment’ – and to act accordingly.”