Honoring the Victims of the Christchurch Attack and Recognizing the International Day to Combat Islamophobia

Honoring the Victims of the Christchurch Attack and Recognizing the International Day to Combat Islamophobia

Five years ago today, a gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshipers and injured 40 others in a vicious terrorist attack during Friday prayers at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand. We continue to mourn and honor the victims of this terrible tragedy and their families.

In order to remember the Christchurch attacks and increase global efforts to counter hatred, the United Nations has declared March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.  At this time of rising Islamophobia around the world, the United States condemns all acts of anti-Muslim hate and violence.  We reaffirm our commitment to advocate for individuals’ ability to live in accordance with the dictates of their conscience and speak out on behalf of those who have been denied the ability to do so.

This year, the International Day to Combat Islamophobia takes places during Ramadan, and we recognize those who face restrictions on practicing their faith during the month, either alone or in community with others, as well as those who have been harassed, imprisoned, or even killed for their religious beliefs.  These abuses often occur against minority Muslim communities, including members of minority Muslim sects in Muslim-majority countries.  The United States will continue to stand for the freedom of religion or belief for all.  We will continue to speak out against and counter dehumanizing rhetoric and stand against acts of anti-Muslim hatred whenever and wherever they occur.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/honoring-the-victims-of-the-christchurch-attack-and-recognizing-the-international-day-to-combat-islamophobia/

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