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In Wake of NZ Terrorist Attack: UN Should Urge States to Provide Protection for Muslim Communities

In Wake of NZ Terrorist Attack: International United Nations Watch urges the UN to urge states to provide protection for Muslim communities

The United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee should urge UN member states, in the wake of New Zealand Terrorist Attack, that claimed the lives of 49 Muslim worshipers, and injured 52 others, many of them are fighting for their lives, to take all needed measures to provide protection for Muslim communities in the West, said International United Nations Watch in a press release.

These communities are left without protection in light of the growing hate speech, Islamophobia, anti-Muslim discourse promoted by right-wing parties in the West against Islam and Muslims. It is the responsibility of state and law enforcement bodies to provide protection for Muslims to avoid yet another tragedy.

For a long time, New Zealand has been a safe-heaven for people fleeing wars and conflicts, especially refugees. These migrants have contributed to NZ economy and society and have provided a good example over the years. Yet, with the increasing hate speech defended and supported by some politicians in the West, including in New Zealand and Australia, a growing sense of fear among migrant communities has grown.

It is the responsibly of The United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee to urge NZ and other Western nations to provide the necessary protection for migrants in their places of worship and to make sure that they can perform their religious rites without being exposed to harm or threats.

The discourse of the suspect attacker, Australian Brenton Tarrant, has revealed that the growing Islamophobia in the West is connected and that he was inspired by a number of white supremacists who attacked Muslims over the years.

Therefore, the UNSCCTC should act accordingly and work with all relevant governments to make sure that this tragedy does not happen again. The International United Nations Watch hopes that the UN takes prompt actions to pressure states to bear these responsibilities in this regard so that Muslim communities in the West feel safe where they are.

The International United Nations Watch

13 March 2019, Scotland

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