New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission and Federation of Islamic Associations made a joint statement today.
“Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
“Kiwi Muslims mourn for those innocent people who lost their lives today,” said Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand president Dr Anwar Ghani.
“We will honour them by praying, working and standing up for peace at all costs.”
Dr Ghani says Muslim New Zealanders work closely with and are supported by the NZ Police.
“Our relationship with our Police is one of mutual trust and we hope it can be strengthened across the state sector. The wellbeing of all New Zealanders and our families is paramount to us,” said Dr Ghani.
“When I heard about the #illridewithyou hashtag and the Australian freedom riders I cheered and I know some people cried. Why? Because this is how we work for peace and make our communities stronger: by standing together.”