The Human Rights Commission issued the following statement in response to the unprecedented violent attacks at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch from Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt;
“The reports we are hearing from Christchurch are devastating. Our hearts go out to the individuals, families and communities involved.”
“We condemn violence and hatred of any sort and join the rest of New Zealand in deep sorrow for those affected by these awful events. We stand beside Christchurch and Muslim New Zealanders in peace, solidarity and humanity."
“We join the rest of New Zealand in deep sorrow as we mourn those whose lives have been tragically taken. "
“There is no place for hate in New Zealand. We urge Kiwis to stand together in unity."
“New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world and we welcome those of all religions and backgrounds. We need to remember the power of diversity. Together we are stronger."
“We continue to monitor the events closely.”