Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General visits Christchurch mosque affected by the terrorist attack

United Nations Secretary-General AntónioGuterres intends to develop a global plan to combat extremism. He stated this today, May 14, during a visit to the New Zealand mosque, where dozens of believers were killed during a mass shooting in March.

AntónioGuterres visited the Al Nour mosque in the southern city of Christchurch, where on March 15 a white radical nationalist killed more than 40 people. In total, during his attack on two local mosques, a total of 51 people died. An Australian suspected of propagating the superiority of the white race was accused of murder and attempted murder in connection with the attacks.

“Hate speech is spreading; public response is increasing. Social networks are used as a platform for expressing fanaticism. We all must show solidarity in response to this dangerous outburst of hatred,” Guterres said in a speech outside the mosque. The UN Secretary-General asked the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to form a group to develop a global action plan against hate speech.

AntónioGuterres usually makes a “solidarity visit” in Muslim countries during the annual holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 5, but this time he decided to visit New Zealand in connection with the tragedy in Christchurch. After her three-day visit to New Zealand, Guterres will meet with Pacific Island leaders in Fiji to discuss a climate change strategy and visit the low-lying island states of Vanuatu and Tuvalu, whose economies have taken the first blow of global warming.