(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/27/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a maximum sentence imposed on the white supremacist who carried out a March 2019 massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 51 worshipers dead.
For the first time in New Zealand’s history, that terrorist — 29-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant — will be imprisoned without the possibility of parole.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We welcome the imposition of the maximum sentence allowed under New Zealand law as an expression of the country’s repudiation of hate. Governments around the world, especially our own, could learn from how New Zealand responded to this unprecedented hate crime.
“As white supremacy, Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry grow worldwide, we must all unite to speak out against hatred and the inevitable violence that it brings to minority communities.
“We extend our condolences to the families impacted by this horrific attack. May God comfort them, and grant Paradise to their loved ones.”
Awad noted that in March, CAIR called for unity between faiths and nations on the first anniversary of the terror attacks. He said CAIR has been working with the New Zealand government and other partners to find solutions to online extremism and hate speech on the internet.
SEE: White Supremacist Terror Can No Longer Be Ignored
FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:
CAIR Marks First Anniversary of New Zealand Mosque Attacks with Call for Unity – #51Lives
CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques, Urges Stepped-Up Security by Muslim Communities in U.S., Worldwide
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com