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Humanists New Zealand condemn Christchurch attack

The Humanist Society of New Zealand condemns the shooting of innocent people at two mosques in Christchurch. Our thoughts are with the victims, their friends, their relatives, and their communities. We sincerely hope that those who are still in hospital will recover and be able to access the support that they need.

An attack of this nature is an attack on us all. We share a common humanity, and in a country as small as New Zealand we are all connected. Attacks of this nature and scale are not what we expect. New Zealand has no place for hate crimes and violence and any such actions must receive the strongest possible condemnation. Freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights. Everyone should have the right to meet to express their religion or belief with safety and security.

Our thoughts are also with the people of Christchurch who have suffered enough tragedy in recent times. Your tears are our tears.

Humanist New Zealand welcomes immigrants to New Zealand and supports the rights of all immigrants to security and freedom from racism and hate. As a nation we gain strength through diversity.

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