New Zealand’s Muslim leadership and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission have condemned the violent shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida.
“We are outraged and shocked at this despicable crime and our thoughts are with the victims of this cowardly attack,” said Hazim Arafeh, President of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ).
“We stand alongside all victims and we stand against this appalling violence which must never have any place in our civilised, democratic societies."
The shooting at the LGBTI Pulse nightclub left more than 50 people dead and many more injured.
“Our response to hatred is humanity – we stand together with Kiwi Muslims in solidarity against homophobia, violence and intolerance,” said Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley.
The Wellington City Council buildings has been lit in rainbow colours and a candlelight vigil organised by InsideOUT was held yesterday from 6pm at Frank Kitts Park. Yesterday there was A Moment of Dance and a minute’s silence at 5.30pm at 141 Gloucester Street in Christchurch. Auckland hosted another vigil at Western Park in Ponsonby.
"We encourage Kiwis to join us in solidarity against hatred.”