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UN Human Rights Council denounces New Zealand attacks

Police officers cordon off the area as they inspect the Al Noor Mosque, the shooting site, after gunmen attacked the two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March 2019. [Diederik van Heyningen - Anadolu Agency]
Police officers cordon off the area as they inspect the Al Noor Mosque, the shooting site, after gunmen attacked the two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March 2019. [Diederik van Heyningen - Anadolu Agency]

The head of the UN Human Rights Council has called Friday’s attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead as “racist, Islamophobic, and terrorist”, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Racism is contrary to everything we stand for,” Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council, meeting in Geneva on Friday.

Gunmen opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Four suspects — three men and one woman — have been detained so far.

READ: Palestinians killed, wounded in New Zealand terror attack 

Bachelet added that the council “stands for an end to racism, an end to intolerance and xenophobia, and an end to discrimination of every kind.”

“The murderous Islamophobic and terrorist attack, just hours ago, on two mosques in New Zealand is yet another terrible reminder that racism kills,” Bachelet added.

Bachelet reiterated that the council “stands with victims in their grief and their demand for justice; and that we will struggle – every day of every year – against all forms of racism.”

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