NGOCHR saddened by Christchurch terror attack
FIJI’S NGO Coalition on Human Rights (NGOCHR) is deeply saddened by the terror attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, condemning all forms of violence, discrimination and terrorism.
Coalition chair Nalini Singh said it was important to recognise the terror attack as the manifestation of existing prejudice, hate and discrimination in society that is peddled by the media, politicians and in our communities.
“A lot more is expected from all our leaders- at the national and community levels,” Ms Singh said.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to shut down this kind of hate in all its forms, from extremism to the casual stereotypes that we promote in our everyday language.
“It’s disheartening and tragic that something like this happened so close to home and in a place of worship and sanctuary. It was important for us to create a space to come together to share and express our grief.”
Fifty people lost their lives and more than 40 were injured after armed terrorists attacked two mosques in Christchurch.
Three of the victims have been confirmed to be from Fiji.